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Privacy, Filtering & Internet Security

Tech for Ed Internet Privacy, Filtering & SecurityStudent Data Privacy & Security

Colorado legislation, specifically House Bill 16-1423 Student Data Collection Use Security, provides clear expectations for how student personally identifiable information (PII) is used by the Department of Education, school districts, and vendors. Our policies and procedures are created to be in compliance with this legislation. 

Please visit your school's website to view a list of digital tools being utilized for instruction. (You can access any school's website by clicking on "Select a School" in the top left corner of this webpage.) You can also view a list of digital tools that have been vetted through the district for use by schools.

District Web Filtering

As part of the Colorado Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility initiative, Jeffco is required to provide a safe and secure internet environment for students to work in and learn. To maintain that type of environment, Jeffco selected the Palo Alto firewall to monitor, filter, and block restricted websites on all district computers, while connected to the district network and on devices that go home with students.

We also use Securly, which provides web filtering support at home (or on other public Wifi networks) for district Chromebook and iPad devices. Securly is activated once a student logs into their device using their district Google logins. In March 2020, we rolled out the SecurlyHome app where families can monitor activity on these devices.

Finally, YouTube and Google Safe Search are enabled by default on district TechForEd devices. The Safe Search feature cannot be disabled by the students.

No filtering system is perfect. They utilize rules or patterns to look for inappropriate content in words or images online. Sometimes medical pictures, references, and dynamic content make their way through filters. Because of this, we communicate expectations around classroom management to our staff. Teachers also incorporate digital citizenship lessons into students' curriculum. However, active monitoring while communicating expectations and boundaries clearly with children is the best way to keep them safe online.   


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