The short answer is yes to both. We have software on the Chromebooks that filters the content both at school and at home. We do think it is important to know that no filter is 100% effective at blocking questionable content on the Internet. The Internet changes much faster than content filtering can adapt. That is also why we will be teaching students more about digital citizenship and Internet safety. The world we live in is hyper connected, and we believe it is our responsbility in our schools to help children learn the power of those connections but also the potential perils.
The Children’s Internet Protection Act requires school districts as a condition of using federal Erate dollars to filter access to depictions that are obscene, child pornography and harmful to minors. Read more about that here: https://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
In Marysville we choose to filter gambling as well as hate speech in addition to what is required by CIPA. We also have policy 2022 and guidelines outlined in the Student Handbook. No filter is 100% effective with as rapidly as the Internet changes, so we also implement specific lessons in Internet Safety from Common Sense Media.
If a site is submitted for review, it is evaluated against the stated educational benefit and potential for harm or misuse, and filtered or not filtered accordingly.
Progressive discipline will be administered according to the Student Handbook, and we will use these as opportunities for learning as warranted by the facts of each individual instance. Our belief is that we are also teaching students to use resources effectively, ethically and productively, and we will use indiscretions as teaching opporunities to reinforce those aspects of this work.
We can provide a restricted environment on the device upon request of the parent, but our goal is to educate on responsible use versus restricting access. Students have access to the internet just about everywhere today from the grocery store to the local McDonalds. It is our belief we need to use the tools in school, so we can teach into responsible use versus attempting to block access, given the reality of unfiltered access that exists in our communities. We do provide CIPA compliant filtering on our network and our devices.