Although students are personally responsible for the use of the laptop/chromebook computer and the Northwestern Lehigh School District computer network, the District does use filtering software designed to protect students from obscene material, child pornography and other visual depictions deemed harmful to minors (as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act - CIPA) when accessing the Internet through the District. An administrator or teacher may deactivate the filter if needed for bona fide research or other lawful purposes; however, website filtering is a function of the District network.
For High School Students and Macbook Airs: Unless you request otherwise, there is still some limited filtering on the computer for home use. The filtering for home use is less restrictive than the filter used while at school. It is designed to filter out specific pornographic, hostile, terroristic, or weapons-related content. To address filtering concerns off campus, parents may opt-out of the limited home filtering by completing the Home Filtering Option form to request to opt-out of filtering on your child’s laptop computer. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring web usage when the laptop computer is at home even if they choose the filtering option.
For Middle School Students and Chromebooks: The filtering of internet content is the same as the students have in school. Google and SafeSearch filter inappropriate content out. However, new sites and videos are created daily and can circumvent this filter. It’s important that parents monitor their child’s use of the internet and not solely rely on the filter to remove inappropriate content. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring web usage when the chromebook is at home.
Parents should note that the filtering software is limited to specific pornographic, hostile, terroristic, or weapons-realted content. They are responsible for monitoring web usage when the laptop computer is a home.