M86 Security has announced the release of the M86 VuSafe website. VuSafe is being offered as a free service to the K-12 education market in April 2011 and is currently taking a limited number of additional Beta users. It is designed to facilitate the sharing and viewing of approved videos and streaming video content in the classroom.
Educators struggle between making use of the rich content and cost-effectiveness of online videos found on sites such as YouTube, while shielding students from distracting and potentially inappropriate content such as negative comments, related links and banner ads. M86 VuSafe alleviates this dilemma, the announcement states, by providing a means to show pre-approved streaming media content without the peripherals (i.e. banner ads, comments, etc.) found on the source sites.
M86 VuSafe also eases the burden on IT directors by limiting exposure to internet threats often found in links, banner ads, and other content that accompany videos on 3rd party sites.
Additionally, the M86 offering simplifies regulatory and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) compliance through built-in policies for video submission, approval and viewing. Reporting capabilities help with proof of CIPA compliance for E-rate discounts.
Through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. The E-rate program was set up to provide discounts for such services. Schools that plan on receiving E-rate discounts on Internet access need to be in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
CIPA-compliant schools must filter their Internet services and implement formal Internet Safety Policies, also known as Acceptable Use Policies. Schools and districts struggle to manage and balance the use of streaming media content on the Internet for educational purposes and to remain CIPA compliant.
M86 VuSafe allows teachers and administrators to give students safe access to pre-approved videos while stripping away the potentially dangerous and inappropriate peripheral content.
With increasing budget constraints and growing classroom sizes, the total cost of a solution as well as the time and resources it takes to manage it are of upmost concern to schools and school districts. The M86 VuSafe offering is not only free of charge to all K-12 institutions in the U.S., but its intuitive design and built-in policies allow teachers to easily manage content libraries for their own classroom or to share/borrow from other educators. Robust organization and search features also mean repositories can be created, categorized and accessed in numerous ways (i.e. by student age, grade-level, subject, teacher, key words, etc.). Additionally, unlike solutions that only allow content from a single source such as YouTube, M86 VuSafe supports virtually any streaming media content.
M86 VuSafe is available starting in April 2011 and will work with M86 Security's Web Filter and Reporter and Secure Web Gateway. Those interested can sign up now for the VuSafe beta through the M86 VuSafe homepage at www.m86vusafe.com.
Source: M86 Security, www.m86security.com/