Online Safety at Latham

July 21, 2011

 The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries.

Latham Centers protects the students with a Smoothwall Guardian Web Security appliance which is CIPA compliant. It performs scans of You Tube videos and removes inappropriate comments and material. It forces Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines into “safe search” mode preventing searches of inappropriate words, phrases, and images.

Computer safety is a part of our responsibility to our students that allows them the opportunity to use and enjoy this extraordianary resource.

Contributed by:
Gregory Hall
Network Administrator
Latham Centers, Inc.

“The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.” 
~Jon Stewart

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