CIPA Compliance

Lightspeed Systems® helps ensure compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

The most effective web filtering solution

To ensure CIPA compliance, schools are required to implement a web filtering solution that blocks obscene material. But not all web filtering solutions are created equal in this regard. With its comprehensive database, advanced AI technology, and powerful filtering features, Lightspeed Filter™ is the most effective at blocking pornography and other harmful content, helping to ensure CIPA compliance on every device.

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By effectively blocking obscene material on any device—even school-owned mobile devices used off the school network—Lightspeed Filter helps schools ensure compliance with CIPA and other student internet safety regulations.

Blocks pornography and dangerous content

In addition to violating the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), giving students access to pornography can have lasting consequences to their mental and physical health. Myriad studies show children who consume explicit sexual content have an increased likelihood of:

  • Engaging in high-risk sex (e.g., unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, use of drugs or alcohol before sex)
  • Sex addiction
  • Perpetrating, and being victim of, sexual violence
  • Anxiety and depression

Lightspeed Filter effectively blocks this harmful content, protecting students. In addition to pornography and obscene material, Lightspeed filtering solutions effectively protect against malware, extremist propaganda, pro-eating disorder sites, and other threats. With Lightspeed Filter, your network and students are holistically protected from danger.

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Beats the competition

We conducted tests of CIPA compliance across other filters and discovered that some popular school web filters can’t effectively block pornographic sites, putting CIPA compliance and student safety at risk.

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Of more than 3,200 unambiguously pornographic sites we tested (randomly pulled from our database of more than 300,000 pornographic domains), other filters allowed 60% or more, while Lightspeed Filter blocked them all.

When pornographic sites are blocked, many were fully visible for up to 20 seconds before eventually being blocked. Results were slow and inconsistent. Lightspeed Filter blocked these inappropriate sites before they loaded.

Tools that promised to review unknown sites and then categorize them still allowed the same pornographic sites that we tested days later. We process unknowns within minutes that other web filtering software couldn’t.

Pornographic thumbnails and featured channel images in YouTube were not blocked by other filters. Lightspeed Filter blocks inappropriate images, even on YouTube.

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Safety across the web

Social media controls in Lightspeed Filter let schools customize social media, letting schools block social media sites, allow social media sites, or allow them as read-only. And these settings can be set by age, group, or user, so it’s easy to get the right controls for the right people. Plus, social media activity is continuously scanned and inappropriate content is flagged to alert teachers and appropriate school officials.

Backed by an unrivaled database

Robust filtering requires a mature, comprehensive and accurate database, machine-learning AI, robot crawlers, and human review. These four components work together to make the most appropriate decisions about what should be allowed and blocked in schools, and to keep the database constantly up-to-date.

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Reads multimedia and foreign languages

Lightspeed Filter accurately categorizes images, videos, and foreign languages to more effectively protect students and ensure CIPA compliance.

Block unknown sites

Some filters can’t block unknown traffic; their databases simply aren’t big enough. Lightspeed Filter can block unknown content because our database is so vast. Also, we typically categorize new sites within hours, so unknown content isn’t unknown for long.

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Protect students in real-time

In addition to blocking dangerous content with our powerful database and policies, Lightspeed Alert™ helps protect students in real-time by detecting warning signs of suicide, cyberbullying, and school violence.

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  • 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