Web filtering is a balancing act between blocking inappropriate content, keeping everyone safe and on track, and giving users access to engaging, educational content.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law passed by Congress in 2000, and updated and clarified since, to help ensure the safety of children accessing the Internet over school and library computers. The act requires schools and libraries to use filtering to block dangerous or offensive material from minor users.

Content filtering is a primary feature of CIPA, as well as most school Acceptable Use Policies outlining web browsing behavior.  Content filtering allows schools to block content that is dangerous or inappropriate for minors.

The Lightspeed Web Filter ensures that users' web browsing is in line with CIPA mandates as well as Acceptable Use Policies - while they are on the network.  Lightspeed's education specific database is comprehensive, ensuring that inappropriate sites are no longer a click away, but that valuable content remains available to users.