We all know there is lots of bad stuff on the internet, stuff that can be harmful to children.

So Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is providing families with an online filtering and monitoring app, called Securly Home.

In a message to district families, Technology Director Joe Caravello says, “Securly works to filter and block keywords and sites that are inappropriate in nature,” including those promoting pornography, violence, bullying, and self-harm.

Caravello says Securly Home also “provides parents/guardians with a window into what their student’s online activity looks like,” with monitoring and oversight, as well as “limited control” over which sites students are able to access.”

The use of Securly Home is optional, and only allows for monitoring on district-issued devices. More information on its use is available on the district’s website.

Caravello notes that Securly Home is “not meant to be a replacement for parent/guardian supervision over their student’s use of the internet, especially on their personal devices.”

Rather, he says, it is “simply an additional safeguard we are putting in place in support of our families.”

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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