Internet Filter

Have you seen this screen?

Zcaler Block
It is a message from the district's Internet filtering appliance that you may have tried to access a site that violates the district's Internet acceptable use policy. 

Why does the district filter?
Districts filter to provide a safe, secure and non-disruptive experience for students and staff as they research, study, explore, learn and instruct.  It is not foolproof or exact but just a start.  Internet filtering also keeps the district in compliance with community expectations and state and federal guidelines.  One such guideline is the Children's Internet Protection Act or CIPA.  CIPA is a federal mandate which must be followed by all school districts who receive federal monies to support Internet access.

What CIPA Requires

  • Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene, (b) child pornography, or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors). Before adopting this Internet safety policy, schools and libraries must provide reasonable notice and hold at least one public hearing or meeting to address the proposal.

  • Schools subject to CIPA are required to adopt and enforce a policy to monitor online activities of minors.

  • Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: (a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; (b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; (c) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online; (d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and (e) measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them.

From http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html

Staff Access Around the Filter
All district adult employees have access around the filter by virtue of their login.  Care must be taken to properly log out so that students are not able to use your open access.  All activities or Internet access performed under a user's login is the responsibility of the owner of the login credentials. 
Guard your username and password.  If you think it has been compromised in any way, please contact the technology department immediately to have it reset.  At no time should an adult use his or her login to give students access to a certain site. 
If a site is inadvertently blocked, please submit a request to have it opened.  You can submit a site for review on the "Internet Access Notification" screen or you can email the tech director or a member of the tech team (brownb@northampton.k12.nc.us, pilandr@northampon.k12.nc.us, newsomet@northampton.k12.nc.us) with the site.  These sites will be reviewed and can be unblocked in seconds. 
Be mindful that the tech department cannot know what sites are blocked at any given time so be sure to test all sites before you present or make them available for student use.  Do not wait until you are standing before your audience.  Always, always check your address (make sure you keyed it in correctly) and make sure it is not blocked before you start a class or workshop.