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Re: [SPAM-Score-7.2] [K12OSN] differentiated internet filtering by grade level question



The most configurable with a web Gui I know of is to replace your BESS with Censor.net Linux - It can automatically authenticate your users from your a Windows server, Novell server or Linux server - let you assign users to groups and let you assign access level per group or by user - so unlimited levels of filtering . You can also subscribe to a black list service that will keep the black list up to date.

The next best option SME server with dansguardian from dungog.net will allow you 3 levels of filtering. You'll have to either setup all the users or assign a user name and password per class.

Both have filtering logs so you can monitor and adjust the filter as needed or print and send home as a report if that is what your TOS calls for on a user abusing internet privileges. Or if you are really ambitious and short on cash to pay for one of those you can setup squid and dansguardian yourself and configure it all thru the config files. then it can be just as simple or complex as you are willing to spend time making it.



Jesse McDonnell wrote:
I'm a high school librarian and have a question on whether anyone is using the same proxy server and filtering software to provide different filtering to students at different grade levels.  Everyone in the district currently goes through the same proxy server and has the same level of filtering.  All Web-based email is blocked as are file transfer sites like yousendit. We're having an ongoing discussion of the filtering policy and how much of a threat web-based email presents.

I have an override account on the BESS filter so students in the library can access their email to download large files they are transferring back-and-forth between home and school when students don't have jump drives. When they are in the computer lab or using wireless laptops in the classroom they are unable to do it since I'm the only one in the building with an override. I'm wondering how difficult it would be to have everyone in the high school go through a different (or aliased) proxy IP that would have unfiltered access to webmail. We are in a windows enviroinment and using BESS (N2H2) filtering software. IP addresses are assigned by a Windows DHCP server. We don't use roaming profiles. Students don't have email accounts through the school district and account names are of the form GraduationyearLastnameFirstinitial (06smithj is joe smith graduating in 2006). When they login the start menu and the apps available are mapped from a folder on one of the servers. So it would simple to change the proxy IP address in IE for all high school students. How best to deal with this situation....? Jesse McDonnell




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