In a perfect world, public school acceptable-use policies (AUPs) wouldn't be necessary. However, school network administrators know that access to the internet and other network resources can be too tempting for students at times.

On any given day, abuse of the network can range from inadvertent to criminal, and the network administrator's challenge is to prevent minor annoyances from turning into major problems. The answer starts with comprehensive network monitoring software built on solid reporting functionality. At the Bullard Independent School District in Bullard, Texas, we use a product from California-based network services provider Lightspeed Systems called Total Traffic Control v6.0.

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