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The Pioneer Solution in
Online Filtering for Education

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Our patented web filtering technology was imagined and designed exclusively for education. Lightspeed Filter combines decades of web filtering experience and AI learning with a support team that is trained to specialise in the needs of your school, trust, local authority or hybrid learning environment.  

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Protect Students From Harmful Online Content

The best web filter for schools

Lightspeed Filter (formerly Relay) is powered by the most comprehensive database of education-focused online content in the industry from 20 years of web indexing. Patented Lightspeed agents leverage advanced AI to automatically block millions of inappropriate and harmful sites, images, and videoswithout overblocking. Lightspeed Filter can differentiate types of sites such as adult gaming versus educational gaming with our Esports categories.

Protect Students with e-safety compliant content filtering

Built for out-of-the-box compliance with KCSIE and Ofsted e-safety, Lightspeed Filter is the only content filtering software on the market that employs all four key components of accurate, consistent protections: a comprehensive database for effective filtering, always-on web crawling, advanced machine learning, and in-house data scientists. 

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Teach and browse YouTube safely

With our proprietary SmartPlay™ technology, Lightspeed Filter makes YouTube a safe and reliable instructional tool. Out of the box, SmartPlay’s patented agents and mature database effectively block millions of inappropriate videos, thumbnails, and recommended by YouTube content. Customisable policy controls enable admins to set parameters and selectively allow and permit content—including videos and comments, by year, group, class, and site types—without being overly restrictive. 

Advanced controls for just the right access

Students and staff are like Goldilocks—they need their access to online content to be just right. Customize student access to content quickly by simultaneously syncing multiple directory sources in minutes with SmartSync technology. For staff, set control policies for reports and student data based on individuals or groups, from educators to IT administrators to district officials. Give your team the visibility into student online activity to ensure secure, consistent, and appropriate learning experiences for all students across devices.

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Empower parents with student activity insights

Whether parents are assisting students with remote lessons, serving as tech support for their children, or making sure that devices are being used appropriately, their involvement is more important than ever. The Lightspeed Parent Portal™ enhances guardian communication by allowing visibility into their child’s internet activity at home to keep them safe, focused, and observing healthy screen time allowances. Ensure healthy screen time with comprehensive, real-time reporting that surfaces harmful internet browsing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Lightspeed Filter compatible on all operating systems (OS)?

    Lightspeed Filter uses proprietary SmartAgents compatible on Chrome, Windows, Mac (compatible with the latest Mac OS update: Big Sur), and iOS operating systems.

  • Can I use Lightspeed Filter to block and allow YouTube videos?

    Lightspeed SmartPlay uses advanced machine-learning AI – with a database that grows daily – for advanced filtering capabilities on YouTube. No matter where students are located, SmartPlay allows and blocks embedded video content around the internet to ensure only appropriate content is being shown. SmartPlay is available to Lightspeed Filter users, and offers detailed reporting and control options for educators.

  • Can parents have access to their students’ online activity reports with Lightspeed Filter?

    Lightspeed Parent Portal includes Weekly Parent Report emails to improve communication between the school and the students’ home. Lightspeed Filter customers can invite parents to view their child’s internet activity, straight to their inbox. Lightspeed Parent Portal empowers a students’ family to get involved in their education without extra work for IT teams.


Cloud-based web filtering protection, simplified SSL decryption, and easy implementation with no hardware.

Comprehensive filter

The most accurate analysis and reporting on web activity, typed content, and multimedia across the web, including YouTube, Google search, online docs, and social media platforms.

Adaptive AI database

The most mature and complete database in the industry leveraging human review by data scientists and machine learning to block inappropriate, new, and unknown sites and allow access to valuable, educational materials.

Easy SSL decryption

Provide multi-OS SSL decryption without the need to configure proxies, PACs, or trust certificates. Lightspeed agents put the power of a filter inside each device.

Fast roster syncing

Simultaneously sync any combination of student information systems (SIS) and directory services to one centralized place with Lightspeed SmartSync™ technology.

Granular YouTube controls

Take control of YouTube with SmartPlay. Allow educational videos and block inappropriate content, thumbnails, and time-wasters, in just one click.

On and off site

Flexible policies let you ensure safety, e-safety compliance, and policy enforcement on networked and mobile devices—anywhere.

Dynamic reports

Get high-level data on device use or detailed reports on individual students. Lightspeed offers the most powerful, actionable, and shareable reports on the market.

Flexible policy management

Quickly locate and manage group policies with quick search functionality, sophisticated breadcrumb navigation, and granular group filtering with Lightspeed SmartPolicy™ technology.

Lightspeed Systems® is a committed ally to schools around the world.

With Lightspeed Systems, I have been able to get my teachers invested into using Chromebooks in the classroom and feeling more comfortable with what students are capable of accessing in class. 

Corey Howard

Greenbrier County School District,
 Technology Systems Specialist

Committed to Student Safety

Lightspeed Systems® is a Proud Partner

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Reimagine the inspired and interactive classroom for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. Lightspeed Classroom Management™ gives teachers real-time visibility and control of their students’ digital workspaces and online activity.

  • Ensure all students interact with only the right online curriculum — precisely when they’re supposed to use it.
  • Push out vetted curriculum links to all students at the same time.
  • Block inappropriate or distracting web sites and apps.

Ensure scalable & efficient learning device management. The Lightspeed Mobile Device Management™ system ensures safe and secure management of student learning resources with real-time visibility and reporting essential for effective distance learning.

  • A centralized, cloud-based solution for infinitely scalable device, application, and policy controls
  • Self-Service App Library, where teachers and students
    can access and install approved curriculum and learning tools
  • Remotely deploy, change, and revoke hundreds of policies and educational applications, while reducing typical downtime and costs

Prevent suicides, cyberbullying, and schoolviolence. Lightspeed Alert™ supports district administrators and selected personnel with advanced AI to detect and report potential threats before it’s too late.

  • Human review
  • Real-time alerts that flag signs of a potential threat
  • Intervene quickly before an incident occurs.
  • Activity logs provide visibility into online activity before and after a flagged event

Protect students from harmful online content. Lightspeed Filter™ is the best-in-class solution that acts as a solid barrier to inappropriate or illicit online content to ensure students’ online safety 24/7.

  • Powered by the most comprehensive database in the industry built through 20 years of web indexing and machine learning.
  • Ensure CIPA compliance
  • Block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and unknown sites, images, and video including YouTube
  • Keep parents informed with the Lightspeed Parent Portal™

Gain complete visibility into students’ online learning. Lightspeed Analytics™ gives districts robust data on the effectiveness of any tools they implement so they can take a strategic approach to their technology stack and streamline reporting.

  • Track education technology adoption and usage trends, eliminate redundancy, and drive ROI
  • Monitor app and content consumption to facilitate early adoption and effective utilization
  • Assess risk with visibility into student data privacy and security compliance