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Linewize Web Filter

School Web Filter

West Side uses Linewize to filter web traffic on all devices within West Side campus and filter all district-owned chromebooks everywhere.

The purpose of web filtering is to protect users from harmful content and stop the use of unproductive web browsing during school hours.

Filtering policies are based on user age and group membership.

Policies are adjusted frequently and websites may move between categories over time.

Family Internet Filtering

It is important to protect your family from vulgar and obscene materials online. A student with a private personal unfiltered smartphone will almost certainly encounter hate, violence and pornography.

Note that West Side chromebooks have incredibly strong filtering and you cannot install any additional software or change settings on school-owned devices.

DNS Filtering

One useful tool is called DNS filtering. This type of filtering works by preventing access to Addresses / URLs / Domains based on huge curated lists of websites.

You can configure these free safe DNS Servers on your home internet router to filter all WiFi internet traffic at your home. You can set these on a smartphone or computer to filter that device on every network it visits.

West Side does not support, endorse or control these services and there are many other options available.

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Web Filtering Apps

Another robust tool is a web-filtering app installed directly on each device. These have a subscription cost, but are very strong options that may include reporting and granular control over what categories are being filtered.

When choosing a web filtering app, consider how many and what types of devices you want to filter. Do you need reporting, category blocking, or time-limits?

West Side does not support, endorse or control these services and there are many other options available.

Norton Family

Carrier Filtering

Your smartphone provider may offer assistance or products that can help you configure parental controls and/or internet filtering.

Device Parental Controls

Your devices may come with parental control settings that include setting a security pin, screen time, allowed-app lists, and keyword filtering.

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