To comply with federal law, Lincoln County School District (LCSD) #1 employs several methods of Internet content filtering and monitoring. However, no Internet content filtering system can be 100% effective in preventing access to harmful and inappropriate material. There is a risk that students may access material not considered to be of educational value in the school setting. Students receive instruction on what to do if they accidentally access such material.
Users should not use district resources to view or otherwise gain access to potentially objectionable materials. This includes text materials, video, images, or sound files that may be considered objectionable in an educational setting. If students mistakenly access inappropriate information, they should immediately disclose this access to their teacher or other supervising staff member. If students find that other users are visiting offensive or harmful sites, they should report such use to the supervising teacher.
There are times when filtering may not catch objectionable material, and there are ways to bypass any filtering. Students should always use vigilance, care, and guidance, especially when students are using Internet resources in the classroom.
What devices are protected by the content filter?
By law, all connections made from within the District network to any Internet resource are filtered. This includes student traffic, staff traffic, and any users on our "guest" network.
As a receiver of federal E-rate monies, LCSD #1 must provide Internet content filtering to all connections from network and from any district owned devices. We use a physical network appliance that filters Internet traffic (ours is provided by Sophos, a company specializing in cyber security and web control).
What content is automatically filtered by the district?
Sites we block and/or filter are divided into three categories:
How do we accomplish content filtering?
We employ several content filtering methods:
However, a growing number of students possess smartphones with their own third-party Internet connection (i.e. Verizon or Union.) These are not on the district network or owned by the district; therefore, they are not protected by district filtering.