Making School Networks More Student-Friendly

Students using computers

The use of Internet searches in schools is undeniably useful for study and paper purposes. As a precaution, however, school administrations should remember to set up the following systems.

Use Filtering Software

Web content filtering application or software is essentially a program that lets you restrict access to certain domains, such as YouTube, Facebook, or porn sites. The goal is to make sure students use the network for legitimate needs – such as studying or researching on their school subjects.

You will find that there are lots of filtering software today that let you make adjustments, depending on what time-consuming domains people visit.

Block File Extensions

File extensions are usually installed automatically – which is why you should prevent them from the network itself rather than customising each and every student’s device. Keep in mind that downloads also consume a lot in your byte consumption so you would want to keep it minimal.

This should also help prevent viruses.

Have a Customised Report System

A reporting system tells you exactly what places students are going to or the most visited domains. This will make it easier for you to add blocks – especially, if say, there is a new social media site where the kids are converging.

Smart Play for YouTube

While YouTube is generally not allowed, many students will argue that there are some educational videos on the site that they can use. If you want them to take advantage of this, just make use of the Smart Play feature of YouTube. This helps limit viewable videos to only the student-safe ones.

Open Up for Review Submissions

Let students and the faculty suggest domains for review and blocking. This will give you the chance to encompass more “student-friendly” domains or those that you should remove from the access list.

Do not forget to let the sender give notes and information about why they think you should block the site.

Do you want to make the Internet work towards helping your students? Try following the tips given above.