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Understanding Family Home Filtering and Restriction Scenarios

This document outlines several options for families to use to filter the Internet connection available to their students.  While the Internet will be filtered at school, families may choose to implement filtering options on their home networks, as student devices will not, at this time, be filtered beyond the school.  Be aware that any filtering option is not foolproof – all services will, unfortunately, block some useful sites and let through some problematic ones.  No technological solution is perfect and you should still remain in regular conversation with your student(s) about their online activity.  Also know that schools may ask you to un-block certain sites or settings for student access as they will be needed for school activities.

Network-Based Options

These options won’t filter the device itself, but rather your home network and Internet traffic.

Open DNS

Open DNS is a tool that provides three options for home Internet filtering.  Each option takes advantage of the DNS (Domain Name System) and requires that you point your home router or modem to a particular set of servers for checking domain names and IP addresses.  All services are available via their website.  Most are free.

Option 1 – Open DNS Home is a free and customizable home filtering solution.  You can choose what categories of sites to block on your home network, and Open DNS will not allow that content to be served to your modem or router.

Option 2 – Open DNS Home VIP costs $19.95/year and allows for more customization as well as access to live customer support.

Option 3 – Open DNS Family Shield is a free service that blocks only the sites they have determined are adult.  

 

Device-Based Options for Internet Filtering and Restrictions

iOS Restrictions

Apple offers several parental controls in iOS.  You can learn more about how to use them on their website.  

If you do implement any Internet restrictions, please be sure to allow-list (add to the Always Allow listing) the following sites. This list may not be exhaustive and is subject to change as the curriculum providers edit their content.

All Curriculum

adfs.stvrain.k12.co.us

accounts.google.com

blogs.svvsd.org

ceran.svvsd.org

clever.com

destiny.svvsd.org

docs.google.com

drive.google.com

frontrange.lib.overdrive.com

soraapp.com

sites.google.com

svvsd.org

tech.svvsd.org

<your school’s website>

Achieve 3000

portal.achieve3000.com

CommonLit

www.commonlit.org

Discovery Education

discovery.com

discoveryeducation.com

docreader.readspeaker.com

app.discoveryeducation.com

dsn.discoveryeducation.com

svvsd.discoveryeducation.com

Edmentum

f2.app.edmentum.com

login.edmentum.com

Everfi

platform.everfi.net

HMH Collections & A-G-A

edfusion.com

my.hrw.com

stvrainco.libraryreserve.com

i-Ready

cainc.i-ready.com

i-ready.com

login.i-ready.com

Kendall Hunt/Flourish

www.flourishkh.com

aha5.kendallhunt.com

Lab-Aids

portals.lab-aids.com

Lexia Core5 and Strategies

lexiacore5.com

lexiastrategies.com

McGraw Hill ConnectED

cerego.com

cricketmedia.com

glencoe.com

mheducation.com

mcgraw-hill.com

mhedu.com

www.mhlearnsmart.com

myON

myon.com

Naviance

student.naviance.com

Reading Plus

readingplus.com

Savvas (formerly Pearson)

amazonaws.com

classviewappstore.com

Google-analytics.com

k12integrations.pearsoncmg.com

mathxlforschool.com

mysavvastraining.com

pearson.com

pearsoncmg.com

pearsoned.com

pearsonhighered.com

pearsonrealize.com

pels.pk12ls.com

savvas.com

savvasrealize.com

savvaseasybridge.com

savvassuccessnet.com

savvastexas.com

superlibrary.com

virtualnerd.com

www.interactmath.com

Schoology

app.schoology.com

schoology.svvsd.org

Sphero

edu.sphero.com

SpringBoard

stvrainvalleyco.springboardonline.org

TCI Social Studies

box.com

subscriptions.teachtci.com

onstreammedia.com

s3amazonaws.com

teachtci.com

texthelp.com

vimeo.com

Vista Higher Learning

vhlcentral.com

assets.vhlcentral.com

 

Check-in with your students from time to time to ensure that your family choices are not interfering with students’ ability to complete their school work.

  • If you choose to restrict app installation, be aware that your school or your student may occasionally ask you to install apps on your student’s iPad for school use. A link to apps that are required and recommended as well as directions for downloading apps provided by the district can be found on the school LTP website or on the Parent Information page linked on your student’s iPad
  • Third-Party Browser Apps – There are several third-party browsers available in the Apple App Store that may offer a filtered Web experience.  These cannot be installed on district iPads provided to students, but you might wish to explore them for home use on other devices.

Last updated by magyar_dan on 2020-09-22 04:32:32

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