Understanding Family Home Filtering and Restriction Scenarios

This document outlines several options for families to filter the Internet connection available to their students.   Be aware that no filtering option is perfect – all services will block some useful sites and let through some problematic ones.  No technological solution is a substitute for regular conversations and mentoring 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 – OpenDNS Home is a free and customizable home filtering solution.  You can choose what categories of sites to block on your home network, and OpenDNS will not allow that content through your modem or router.

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

Option 3 – OpenDNS 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

clever.com

destiny.svvsd.org

docs.google.com

drive.google.com

follett.com

frontrange.lib.overdrive.com

launchpad.classlink.com

myapps.classlink.com

soraapp.com

sites.google.com

stvra.in

svvsd.webex.com

svvsd.org

tech.svvsd.org

<your school’s website>

Active Classroom

All Curriculum Allow List and

learningcore.net

learnosity.com

nystromworld.com

speechstream.net

streamlock.net

BrainPOP ELL

All Curriculum Allow List and

brainpop.com

CodeHS

All Curriculum Allow List and

.codehs.com
.codehs.me

.intercom.io

scalinghub.codehs.com

Colorado Story

All Curriculum Allow List and

s3.amazonaws.com/pvt-esh-mg127.staticmbx.com/product_repository/

s3.amazonaws.com/stcn-esh-mg127.staticmbx.com/static/

digital.experiencestatehistory.com

CommonLit

All Curriculum Allow List and

commonlit.org

Discovery Education

All Curriculum Allow List and

discovery.com

discoveryeducation.com

docreader.readspeaker.com

app.discoveryeducation.com

dsn.discoveryeducation.com

svvsd.discoveryeducation.com

Additional URLs found here

Edmentum

All Curriculum Allow List and

f2.app.edmentum.com

login.edmentum.com

EverFi

All Curriculum Allow List and

.everfi.com
.fifoundry.net
.everfiapps.net
d1vyejqi0lnyjd.cloudfront.net 
homeroom-assets.s3.amazonaws.com 
everfi-curriculums.s3.amazonaws.com 
prod-everfi-certs.everfiapps.net 
.wistia.com
.wistia.net 
.googleapis.com 
.googleusercontent.com 
.google-analytics.com 

Florida Virtual Curriculum (LaunchEd students only)

All Curriculum Allow List and

Click here for a list of URLs needed, listed by course name

HMH

All Curriculum Allow List and

edfusion.com

my.hrw.com

stvrainco.libraryreserve.com

i-Ready

All Curriculum Allow List and

i-ready.com

i-readycentral.com

fpdownload.adobe.com

securemail.cainc.com

ssl.google-analytics.com

vidyard.com

Kendall Hunt (Flourish)

All Curriculum Allow List and

www.flourishkh.com

aha5.kendallhunt.com

Lab-Aids

All Curriculum Allow List and

portals.lab-aids.com

Lexia Core 5 and PowerUp

All Curriculum Allow List and

mylexia.com

.lexiacore5.com

lexialearning.com

.lexiapowerup.com

Additional System Requirements

McGraw Hill

All Curriculum Allow List and

aairs.tegrity.com

cerego.com

cricketmedia.com

glencoe.com

mheducation.com

mcgraw-hill.com

mhedu.com

www.mhlearnsmart.com

myON

All Curriculum Allow List and

myon.com

Naviance

All Curriculum Allow List and

student.naviance.com

Reading Plus

All Curriculum Allow List and

readingplus.com

dreambox.com

Savvas

All Curriculum Allow List and

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

pk12ls.com

savvas.com

savvasrealize.com

savvaseasybridge.com

savvassuccessnet.com

savvastexas.com

superlibrary.com

virtualnerd.com

www.interactmath.com

Additional URLS here

Schoology

All Curriculum Allow List and

app.schoology.com

schoology.svvsd.org

Sphero

All Curriculum Allow List and

edu.sphero.com

SpringBoard

All Curriculum Allow List and

stvrainvalleyco.springboardonline.org

TCI Social Studies

All Curriculum Allow List and

teachtci.com

speechstream.net

s3.amazonaws.com

accounts.google.com

Vista Higher Learning

All Curriculum Allow List and

vhlcentral.com

assets.vhlcentral.com

VitalSource (BFW & Sapling)

All Curriculum Allow List and

Click here for a list of URLs needed, listed by product name

Writable

All Curriculum Allow List and

writable.com

app.writable.com

static.writable.com

www.writable.com

fs.writable.com

getwritable.com

app.getwritable.com

static.getwritable.com

fonts.googleapis.com

fonts.gstatic.com

writable-images.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com

writable-pdfs.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com

accounts.google.com

apis.google.com

docs.google.com

ajax.aspnetcdn.com

cdnjs.cloudflare.com

checkout.stripe.com

rtg.prowritingaid.com

firehose.us-west-2.amazon.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.