This is a companion article to the Firewall article in the KnowledgeBase.
We are proud to announce yet another key innovation we just launched, ClassroomAPP is now fully secured and blocks illicit content, at school (of course!) but also at home, regardless of device.
ClassroomAPP is the only platform that comes built-in with the most secure browser (based on Chrome, Safari or Edge), for full 360 security!
If you are asking "Duh ... why didn't you do this before?" It's because most schools already have firewalls. But we realized that they only solve the problem partially.
Case in point, every once in a while we detect a new website that regular filters miss, and we promptly include in our database.
Why is this important?
One of the biggest concerns of schools and teachers is preventing students from accessing illicit materials (not just pornography, but sites encouraging violence, hacking, viruses, illegal material and proxies -- which are sites that allow students to get around any filters the school or parents have set up).
We have pioneered a complete site filtering system that follows the student.
Parents complain that their students can access illicit material at home too. They have a point when the student is using a school-provided device. They expect a 100% safe environment and hold the school accountable.
How does it work?
Simple. We have the same site filters used by providers of security to schools, in addition to our own monitoring of classroom use. It checks upon each online access if the website in question is permissible (we have over 5M sites in our database, updated daily as new sites come up). If the site should not be accessed, it is blocked right away.
This also extends to:
- Sites that link to bad sites (or load images from there). This is how some smart hackers get around firewalls
- Forcing safe searching with common search engines - e.g. Google, Bing (Otherwise, site and images searches can show x-rated content)
- Sites that get around filters (i.e. proxy sites) which may be missed by many school filters (and definitely most home filters)
In other words, if you get 'close' to a bad site you get stopped right away.
In addition to filtering for bad sites, the teacher can now use this tool in the classroom to make sure students don't wander off. For example, blocking them from accessing chat or webmail sites. Or even blocking categories (e.g. cars, boards, finance) to prevent students from cheating in-class.
What should parents do?
If the school is providing a device, then parents only need to make sure students use that device for homework and studying. If students are using other devices, then they should install the ClassroomAPP and put it in kiosk mode (we'll help them get that going if need be, or simply visit this KnowledgeBase article)
This is yet another unique ClassroomAPP innovation that we put at the disposal of schools, teachers and parents to keep our children safe.
Our mission is to make the Digital Classroom effective. How can it be effective if it is not safe?