Daviess County Public Schools Implements Netsweeper Internet Content Filtering Solution to Foster Success of 1:1 Computing Program

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Daviess County Public Schools has implemented Netsweeper, an Internet content filtering solution designed to protect students from the dangers posed by the Internet while enabling a more productive online, educational experience when using their student assigned laptops both at school and at home.

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"But the most unique feature provided by Netsweeper is its ability to allow the parents access to the laptop's filtering system. This is a huge advantage and will help drive the success of this 1:1 initiative," says Matthew Constant at Daviess County PS.

Netsweeper Inc., a global provider of Internet content filtering and web threat management solutions, is excited to announce that Daviess County Public Schools (DCPS) has selected and implemented Netsweeper’s flagship application to manage student Internet access and activity for its 1:1 computing program which consist of over 3,100 student assigned laptops. Phase 2 of this project is scheduled for later this year where Netsweeper will be rolled out to the district’s remaining workstations, replacing the existing M86 Security solution. The net result will see the Internet usage on over 6,500 devices being monitored and managed through the Netsweeper application.

“When Daviess decided to adopt a 1:1 computing program, a number of challenges immediately presented themselves, the most significant of those being how to control the Internet usage of these devices both in the classroom and when they leave the school,” commented Matthew Constant, Director of Instructional Technology for Daviess County Public Schools. “After investigating these challenges with our current filtering provider and reviewing a number of other platforms, it was unanimously decided that the Netsweeper application offered the most effective solution to manage this issue. Not only can we ensure that students use these devices productively while at school, the solution continues to filter according to each user’s policy even when they leave the school."

“But the most unique feature provided by Netsweeper,” continued Mr. Constant, ”is its ability to allow the parents access to the laptop's filtering system, whereby they can modify the user policy of their child’s device for after school use. This feature allows parents to open access to sites that are regularly blocked by the school’s policies, to lock down Internet usage at a certain hour each night and to obtain detailed reporting regarding their child’s Internet use. This is a huge advantage and will absolutely help drive the success of this 1:1 initiative.”

Steve Burton, Computer Operations Manager at DCPS and the assigned Netsweeper ‘poweruser’, also commented on his appreciation for the new application. “With our previous solution in place, students were easily circumventing the filter, primarily through the use of anonymous proxies. With Netsweeper, this is no longer the case. As well, I think the web-based administration tools are far easier to use and I love the live log that tracks all Internet usage in real-time. With this information, I can refine my reports for a specific user, IP address or website. It’s fantastic!”

Netsweeper possesses over 11 years of experience in the business of developing leading edge Internet content filtering solutions. With the recent emergence of 1:1 computing programs in the education sector, Netsweeper has created tools specific to manage student laptop devices that operate using Windows, Linux or Mac OSes. This technology enables IT managers and/or parents to control the Internet use of the students, thus ensuring their safety while online.

“As we have all seen, the Internet provides significant educational value to students in terms of access to information, eLearning programs and communication tools,” said Perry Roach, founder and CEO of Netsweeper. “However, the Internet can also be a source of distraction and danger if not used sensibly. For example, social networking sites allow students to communicate and share information, but they can be a great time waster in class and are unfortunately a breeding ground for online sexual predators. With Netsweeper solutions in place, these negative derivatives of the Internet are controlled.”

“We are very excited about our relationship with Daviess,” continued Roach. “It is exciting to be working in tandem with such a forward thinking team that strives to leverage the power of the Internet, but also understands the inherent risks associated with this practice. We are confident that Netsweeper will play an integral role in the success of their 1:1 computing program and look forward to sharing this success as other districts across the state look to follow Daviess’ lead.”

In the wave of this exciting news, Netsweeper will be showcasing its solutions while exhibiting at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Annual Conference (http://www.kyste.org/conference) being held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky from March 10 to 12.

About Netsweeper:
Netsweeper is a leading, global provider of Internet content filtering and web threat management solutions uniquely designed for education network providers, school district networks and independent schools. Netsweeper solutions protect students from inappropriate or harmful web content, predator solicitation, web-borne viruses and personal identity threat risks, while empowering IT and education authorities. Founded in 1999, Netsweeper Inc. is headquartered in Canada's technology triangle near Toronto, Ontario, with other regional offices in the UK, India and Australia, plus a network of distributors and resellers in The United States, Middle East, South America and across the APAC region. For more information about Netsweeper, please visit http://www.netsweeper.com.

About Daviess County Public Schools

Centrally situated in Owensboro, Kentucky, Daviess County Public Schools (DCPS) consists of 3 high schools, 3 middle schools and a dozen elementary schools, with approximately 11,500 students enrolled in grades K through 12. The Mission of the district includes preparing students to succeed in life by meeting the needs of individual students, providing quality instruction and developing a learning community. To help support these goals, DCPS is focused on allowing 21st century activities that include the adoption of the Internet and other leading edge technologies that enable and foster a safe and productive learning and teaching environment. For more information on DCPS, please visit http://www.daviess.kyschools.us.     


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