NERIC’s Internet Content Filtering service helps school districts comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in an effective, cost-efficient way. The service uses a sophisticated system of rules and categories, geared toward the K-12 environment to help ensure computer users cannot access inappropriate material on the internet. The service also typically includes separate internet profiles for teachers and students so the “teacher” or “staff” groups have less stringent blocks.
The philosophy regarding this service involves much more than preventing students from inappropriate internet content. It is also about providing network management and protecting the integrity of the school network for educational purposes. Each school has a limited amount of bandwidth for internet traffic. Blocking inappropriate traffic ensures school district networks remain responsive and protected for legitimate use by students and staff.