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NetRef Updates Internet Filtering Tool for Schools

NetRef, a tool designed to help educators control student access to Internet resources, has released version 2.1 of the software, which includes several new features.

NetRef enables schools to control student access to the Internet on a per-class or per-student basis. Teachers can use the software on their own device to allow or block access to the Internet entirely or block specific sites or apps.

New features in NetRef version 2.1 include:

  • Synchronization with the school bell schedule;
  • Teacher-generated reports of any student's online activity; and
  • Pie chart of top five most-visited apps or sites for the day.

NetRef works with any Web browser, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and it's compatible with iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks and Windows tablets and any apps running on those platforms. According to information on the company's site it's compliant with COPPA, FERPA, CIPA and PPRA regulations.

Verite Educational Systems first launched NetRef in the summer of 2014, and the tool is now in use at schools in eight states.

Further information about NetRef version 2.1 can be found on NetRef's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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