Mitchell Community Schools uses an inline iBoss 14600 content filtering and bandwidth management appliance that is CIPA compliant. Mitchell Schools filters and logs all internet traffic generated from school owned devices both onsite and offsite.
Typically, blocked content will result in a message like the one below appearing in the browser window. Here are some important highlights and take-aways regarding content filter policies:
- Not every instance of the block page indicates an attempt to access inappropriate materials. Websites that host viruses or malware are blocked as well many file storage and distribution sites including peer-to-peer networking services. The "Description" section of the block page typically indicates the reason for the block.
- While many protections are in place to protect against illegal, copyrighted, or harmful content, they should in no way be considered a replacement for a firewall or virus protection.
- Both allowed and blocked traffic is logged and archived for all school-owned devices regardless of whether the devices are at school, connected to a public hot-spot, or on a home WiFi network.
- Occasionally, legitimate sites are mis-categorized or blocked when they shouldn't be. Please let a school official know about this and the technical department can whitelist websites after a thorough review.