SOCIAL MEDIA, YOUTUBE, AND STREAMING MEDIA CONTENT
According to a recent report from network vendor Ericsson, and its Mobility Report, two-thirds of data traffic on mobile networks comes from Facebook (16%), YouTube (15%), Netflix (12%), Instagram (9%), and SnapChat (9%). At Kajeet, our experience has shown that YouTube, social media sites, and app sites can represent as much as 90% of student consumed unfiltered wireless data.
Because Education Broadband service is paid for by the school or district, it is designed to allow students to access tools for learning, but curb the natural temptation to have the SmartSpot and broadband access become their source for television shows, gaming, social networks, and video chatting.
YouTube is a public forum with far more non-educational and inappropriate content than educational. As a result, your Education Broadband default setting is to block YouTube and other streaming media content except for those specific videos that have been designated as educational.
We want to make every effort to ensure students are able to access the educational media content they need without disruption. Education Broadband does allow access to over 500,000 education videos via streaming sites such as: SchoolTube™, TeacherTube™, Khan Academy™, PBS™, Discovery Education™, and TED™. For those districts that wish to offer unfiltered YouTube access to their students, Kajeet offers an optional plan to allow such access.
If there are specific educational resources your students need to access, Kajeet can narrowly tailor modifications to the filter so that we do not open up significant non-educational use by students.
The following options are available for accessing streaming media/videos for educational purposes on the Kajeet Complete Plan:
- Clients can select and pay for the Optional Unfiltered YouTube for their Kajeet Complete Plan. Note: Unfiltered YouTube option runs in YouTube Restricted Mode and is subject to a 500MB per day excessive bandwidth consumption flag. YouTube® Restricted Mode™ is an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that we do not want our client’s students to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. You can think of this as a parental control setting for YouTube. While it’s not 100% accurate, YouTube uses community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out inappropriate content.
- Clients can access more than 500,000 safe, educational videos on SchoolTube or TeacherTube.
- Clients are given Kajeet Knowledge Center access to open tickets for allowing specific URLs upon request.
- Clients can contact their Education Program Manager (EPM) requesting specific URLs to be allowed for them.
Please note: Requests for entire category changes or allowing complete web sites (e.g: History.com) are subject to review and consideration, not guaranteed.