Traditionally, districts have implemented content filtering through hardware solutions. In recent years, however, K-12 schools have begun to abandon web filtering appliances, relying instead on content filtering software. Given the shift to the cloud, this is understandable; when many users are accessing sensitive academic/student information on a wide variety of devices, hardware solutions can be too limited to adequately protect learners. For instance, school bus Wi-Fi programs require content filtering to protect students.
If your district hasn’t made the switch, you may be unsure where to start learning more about these applications. Here is an overview of four popular content filtering options: