Content Filtering 101!

Here at Beehively, we work with your school to help ensure your students are safe online. With the online world today’s students live in, it is important to filter their access to the web during school hours. Here is a summary of how Beehively can help your school filter inappropriate content.

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Did you know? You have multiple options to block inappropriate images and other content even when using a free device management system or older devices.

  • Encourage students to use a safe search engine such as KidzSearch. This type of search engine is highly filtered, preventing students from accidentally running across inappropriate content.
  • Enforce Login to Chrome browser and block access to other browsers. The Chrome browser allows administration to set safe search on student profiles and monitor student activity.
  • If your iPads are older and cannot run the latest operating systems, filtering content will be very difficult. The latest operating systems support more options for filtering and monitoring student usage.

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For additional options and features, you can expand filtering with paid filtering services.

  • At Beehively, we are constantly researching and adjusting our recommendations for paid content filtering to take advantage of the most complete and “safe” system.  We are always willing to work with schools on their individual needs. If you are interested in more information regarding additional paid filtering services, please let us know.
  • Like all solutions, content filtering is not a 100% fail-safe and cannot replace the diligence and support of teachers in the classroom. Some of these options do restrict content that your teachers may want to access.

Innovations in School Technology: Chromebooks

A new feature is rolling out to new Chromebooks: support for Android apps!

Along with the change, many models are being produced with a touchscreen to allow apps designed for touch to be more easily interacted with, while keeping all the simplicity, form, and features of a Chromebook.

These new devices can be used for everything they could before, from Google cloud apps to web browsing, Chrome apps, and more. The additional Android apps are seamlessly pushed via the same management systems, so accessing the myriad of apps previously limited to phones and tablets doesn’t require any extra hassle.

Most new Chromebooks are built with a 360-degree hinge so they can be converted from conventional laptops with physical keyboards to tablets with just the touchscreen. Many are also made more robustly, able to better withstand the rigors of school use, with strengthened cases, rubberized edges, and even liquid resistance. There’s also the the option of choosing a model with a stylus, allowing more precise drawing and handwritten notes.

While price on the new devices can be a little higher, it’s still cheaper than many alternative devices, given they can be used in the place of a conventional computer as well as tablets.

Beat the Heat! 5 Tips to Protect Your Devices from Rising Temperatures

We rely on our electronic devices heavily and, with summer fast approaching, we have to take extra care of them. These devices are sensitive and vulnerable to the heat. Overheating can result in improper functionality or even data loss!

Follow our five friendly reminders to keep your devices functioning to their fullest potential this summer!

1. Keep devices in a cool area away from direct sunlight, preferably with air conditioning. Phone and tablet screens are especially good absorbers of heat in direct sunlight. This can cause them to shut down if they get too hot.

*If your school turns off the air conditioning over the summer, turn off your devices too!*

2. Dirt and dust can cause your electronics to overheat. Keep your devices clean by storing them away from smoke, dust, and humidity.

3. Just like us, devices need breaks too! Running for too long exhausts them so try to shut them down when you are not using them.

4. Let them breathe! Prop your devices up on a stand to allow air flow. Computers and iPads should be placed in an area that will allow airflow when the devices are being used for longer hours in one spot.

5. Keep opened applications to a minimum. Using multiple applications and loading tasks at the same time can cause devices to overheat so remember to close out applications you no longer need to maximize the device’s usability.