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Internet Filters at Middle School

Filtering Levels for Middle School

Edmonds School District uses an Internet content filter to manage the types of sites students can and cannot access. No content filter is perfect. Our first line of defense for ensuring student safety and responsible use is education and monitoring! We provide on-going Digital Citizenship and Safety lessons as well as on-going monitoring of student internet use. Students are encouraged to report inappropriate sites to their teacher.

Listed below are broad categories of sites that are generally blocked at the middle school level.

Filtering Categories*

Adware - sites that offer software to collect information about the users' browsing patterns

Alcohol - promoting the use of alcohol

Bad Reputation Domains - sites that appear on one or more security industry blacklists for repeated bad behavior

Chat - chat rooms, chat services, IRC client downloads, etc.

BotNet - sites and hosts used by botnet herders for command and control of infected machines

Criminal Skills - promoting illegal activity, such as credit card number generating, illegal surveillance, and murder

Child Pornography - promoting, discussing, or portraying children in sexual acts or activities

Dating/Personals - personal ads, dating sites, dating services, relationships, introductions, etc

Dynamic DNS Services - used for IP aliasing

Explicit Art - art works containing graphic nudity, nude photography, sex acts and/or disturbing images

Dubious/Unsavory - promoting or distributing legally or ethically questionable products or information

Gambling - encouraging gambling such as betting sites, bookmaker odds, lottery, etc.

Games (non-educational) - computer or other games

Hacking - promoting unlawful or questionable tools for gaining access to hardware and software

Illegal Drugs - promoting the use or purchase of illegal drugs

Instant Messaging - instant messaging sites

Malicious Code/Virus - used to include Spyware - promoting or offering code that intentionally causes harm

Message Boards - message boards, bulletin boards or forums

Obscene & Tasteless - mutilation, murder, bodily functions, horror, death, candid scenes, executions, violence, etc.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing - file sharing and its software

Phishing - deceptive sites used to gather personal information for fraud

Pornography/Adult Content - sites containing sexual images or content (sex acts, nudity, sex toys, bestiality, fetishes, etc)

Remote Access “generic” - sites that promote, list or review accessing computer systems remotely

R-Rated - adult in nature without being explicitly pornographic

School Cheating - sites that enable plagiarizing and cheating

Spyware - previously part of Malicious Code

Tobacco - sell or promote use of tobacco

Web Based Proxies/Anonymizers - free anonymous proxy services

Web Based Newsgroups - archives of Usenet postings



*Subject to change. Updated periodically.