Internet filtering specialist SurfWatch has created a server-based content solution designed specifically for schools. Dubbed “SurfWatch Educational Edition,” the technology differs from filtering products by creating a secure learning environment–a “virtual sandbox”–that directs students to educational sites while keeping them away from inappropriate ones.
Among the partners whom SurfWatch has chosen to provide content within its secure learning environment are the Children’s Television Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street; NevaSoft, providers of web-based curriculum for teachers; the Internet Scout Project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation; the Tech Museum of Innovation, which offers interactive science and technology exhibits; and Yahooligans!, which enables safe surfing through a broad range of content for kids ages 7-12.
SurfWatch Educational Edition runs on both Microsoft and Netscape proxy servers. Pricing for schools starts at $495 for one server supporting up to 50 users.