Filter 'Net Before it Gets to Class
BESS is an Internet filtering service, so unlike a software program that sits on a server and may be gotten around, it blocks objectionable and inappropriate content before it physically reaches a school's workstations.
As a service, BESS requires no maintenance or updating by school staff. It is installed just once, on a school's network hub, and is remotely managed by N2H2. It can be configured for any size network and custom filters are available. By providing a large caching space, BESS also lets teachers "store" Web sites, thus ensuring better Internet performance and use of instructional time in class.
Filtering powers of BESS include the ability to block entire domains, individual Web pages, chats and news groups; plus "X" out inappropriate language from e-mail. Blocking is updated daily as new sites are found by N2H2 staff. Students can use the BESS Web site as their entry point (www. bess.net/), while adults may use a different yet simple home page. N2H2, Seattle, WA, (800) 971-2622, http://n2h2.com.
This article originally appeared in the 08/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.