Web Filter

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Network Services has implemented and manages the M86 Web Filtering and Reporting Suite which enables productivity, compliance, and liability control. The administrative portion of this software suite allows for the creation and management of student groups by grade level and school. Web filtering is then applied district-wide for each grade level with the ability at the school to apply additional site specific filters.

In addition to the grade level and school filters there is also a K-2 bypass filter that is managed by the Instruction department. The current K-2 Allow List (Aug. 2010) has 175 entries. This filter is setup to allow students at the K-2 level access to specific websites without needing to authenticate with a username and password.

New for the 2009-10 school year, staff are also authenticated to the webfilter.

For Schools: Two ESIS class reports have been added in the Teacher Assistant module to help you distribute student usernames and passwords.

  • If you are an elementary teacher you can select Reports, Custom Reports, and Student Account List by Homeroom. The report will be produced as Avery 5160 labels but can be printed on plain paper or on labels.
  • If you are a secondary teacher you can select Reports, Custom Reports, and Student Account List by Teacher/Class. You will need to select the desired class. The report will be produced as Avery 5160 labels but can be printed on plain paper or on labels.

Reporting

The suite's Security Reporter processes granular data queries—down to the user and specific Web page. All 4J staff and student web traffic is logged and stored off-line and accessible by the Security Reporter tool.

Issues

One problem that you might encounter has to do with accessing sites that begin with "https://". If you have not authenticated to the web filter, then the first website that you visit cannot be a secure website (i.e. a website with a url that begins with https://). If you encounter this problem, simply enter an url that does not start with "https://" (e.g. http://www.opb.org ). Once you have authenticated, you can then go back to the "https"//" site that you were originally trying to access.

Popups must be enabled on your web browser for the webfilter to work correctly. If you are accessing the Internet and are constantly being asking to re-authenticate, then popups are not enabled. Directions on how to configure your web browser for popups can be found here.