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It’s inevitable. I have seen teachers on their break period checking Facebook or other social media that is supposed to be blocked. The Internet is such an integrated part of their lives that having restrictions doesn’t seem “right” to them. Anonymous proxy technology is free, easy to find and sometimes laden with all kinds of malware. Untangle products not only identify web requests on non-standard ports but can automatically detect and shut down attempts to use proxies and other methods to bypass the web filter.
I have heard of schools that use technically proficient students in after school clubs to show staff the holes in the current content filter. If you haven’t used TOR browsers or other anonymizer technology, download them, play with them, and learn how they work so you can be aware of what staff and students are trying. There are dozens of message boards and organizations that cater to education IT professional; log on and see what others are dealing with and how they are solving these problems.
Though it may seem like a never-ending battle, with the right tools you can create a fast and CIPA-compliant Internet environment for your school. Here at Untangle, we are at the forefront of ensuring CIPA-compliant content filtering for schools. We constantly communicate with our education customers, always learning how to make our products better.