Atlanta Private School Implements Filtering Technology

The Ron Clark Academy of Atlanta, GA, has chosen the SiteSurv 3.5 managed service for its on-campus Web filtering and security. The service, from CyberPatrol, uses an extensive category-based filtering process that is operated via a Web control panel.

Considered a "cloud" service because it is managed and all of its data is stored externally, SiteSurv 3.5 is designed to be accessible to lay users and relatively inexpensive. Managed service provider Definition 6 oversaw deployment of the service at the school and will manage its use.

Because SiteSurv offers customizable filtering by category and/or site profile, schools using the service can determine which of its 44 Web site categories can be filtered, as well as individual sites that can be blocked or accessed on an as-approved basis. (Eight of the categories, including adult content and online gambling, are blocked by default.)

Educator and academy founder Ron Clark cited the school's commitment to high personal standards in choosing the service. "Achieving these standards can be a challenge, especially on the Internet, where a number of inappropriate activities and images are both considered normal and readily available," Clark said. He praised the service as an important tool "in teaching our students behavior that respects themselves and others, and protects them from the very real risks of today's online environment."

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