Lightspeed Systems Web Filtering Update Allows Seamless Access to New YouTube for Schools

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In response to the new YouTube for Schools portal, Lightspeed Systems announces update to its K12 content filtering solution

This week, Lightspeed Systems is releasing an update to its award-winning Web Filter solution to give its K12 customers another way to use educational YouTube videos in school: seamless access to the new YouTube for Schools feature.

Access to YouTube videos has long been an issue for schools. While YouTube hosts many valuable, educational videos, it also hosts videos that are inappropriate for students, and can be prone to inappropriate comments. This has led many schools to block all access to YouTube.

Lightspeed Systems has long recognized the need for educational video access in schools, and first launched the Educational Video Library in 2009 and then My Big Campus with its broader Educational Resource Library in 2010. The Educational Resource Library gives districts the ability to view and share approved YouTube videos (and other resources) without the potentially inappropriate content, comments or peripheral links.

This week, YouTube has launched its own solution: YouTube for Schools, which lets schools adjust their firewall or filtering appliance to redirect visitors to an education-specific district portal that provides comment-free access to only approved videos.

In response to this new solution from YouTube, Lightspeed Systems is adding a feature to its web filter to give schools seamless access to the YouTube for Schools portal. With this update, there will be a new option in the Lightspeed Systems web filtering policies to enable YouTube for Schools access. When enabled, the filter will not block YouTube but will force YouTube traffic from within the district to the school district's YouTube for Schools site. "We're glad we were able to work with YouTube on this solution and that we can give school districts another way to keep kids engaged through access to safe videos," says Rob Chambers, Lightspeed Systems Chief Technology Officer.

The My Big Campus Educational Resource Library, a feature of the Lightspeed Web Filter, is yet another way for Lightspeed customers to view approved YouTube videos, with the ability to comment on and share them within a monitored environment. Lightspeed Systems customers can use either the YouTube for Schools feature or the My Big Campus Educational Resource Library—or both in conjunction.

Last month, Lightspeed Systems announced an update to its web filtering solution to handle Google's plans to enhance encrypted search. These changes reflect the company's commitment to providing safe access to a variety of web resources and tools. "We recognize that schools rely on a variety of web sites," Chambers shares. "And so we work closely with other companies whenever possible to ensure that our filter works with other online tools and takes advantage of their newest features."

For a personalized demonstration of the Lightspeed Systems solution, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/demo

About Lightspeed Systems
To us, education isn't an industry; it's a passion. Our solutions make it safe, secure, and easy for IT staff to give users access to resources that make learning engaging, collaborative—and real.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has been partnering with, listening to, and supporting IT staff in schools—making their day-to-day tasks manageable and their educational goals reachable. Today our solutions are used in more than 2,000 school districts for more than 7 million students. Our products have won numerous awards and our company has been recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies for the last five years. But more than what we've done, we're interested in what we can do, together: transform education. For more information, call 661-716-7600, or visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

The latest release of the Lightspeed Systems web filtering solution is available free to customers. Non-customers can learn more about the Web Filter by requesting a personalized demonstration.

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