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Internet Safety at school and home

Internet safety is important to all children in the district. Students learn appropriate use of technology in their classes through their use of online tools like Edmodo and Google Drive. Internet safety does not end at school. It is important that all parents discuss safe practices when using the Internet. The following resources are helpful in educating parents about being safe and responsible when using the Internet.

Our Encinitas Union School District parents are actively engaged with advancing a successful, positive, creative school environment for our all students. This page provides some helpful resources connected to our library services and information literacy.


All of the district issues student iPads come with content filtering no matter where they are being used.  The filter works while on the school network and/or on a home wireless network.  However, it is important to note that if a student uses a device other than the district issued iPad, then the district filtering is not active.  Our district iPads have multiple safeguards to protect the student privacy and filter inappropriate content.


  • Common Sense Media(Questions) This resource provides multiple areas of support to parents and students including reviews of games, apps, movies, books, etc… and common parent questions about media.
  • Healthy Children (Time) from the American Academy of Pediatrics – This resource assists families to work together to balance their time online. An online tool is provided to support a family discussion about time online.
  • iKeepSafe: BEaPRO – (Balance) This resource is an overview of all the aspects of the session with some additional details.
  • Family Safety Basics – Google tips for For busy parents, here are some quick suggestions for how to help keep your family safe online.
  • Net CeteraThe Net Cetera online toolkit offers free resources to help you teach people in your community about kids’ online safety.
  • Google Safety Center – As a parent or guardian, you know what feels right for your family and how your kids learn best. To help your family navigate through new technologies, gadgets, and services in an ever-changing online world, it helps to get practical advice.


The following tools are not endorsed by EUSD. The resources are examples of how parents can manage their child’s digital world:
Family Mobile Management Programs
Our Pact OurPact is a simple parental control app that allows parents to limit screen time by blocking internet and app access. (both free and paid subscriptions).
My Mobile Watchdog – Quickly access text messages, contacts, call logs, block apps and websites, locate your child, and much more… (paid subscription only).
Net Nanny Net Nanny’s filter scans and analyses each web site to determine if it is appropriate for your child, based on your unique customization. (paid subscription)
Family Friendly - They help families make smart TV and internet choices. 


The students of Encinitas Union School District are  connected to multiple resources for learning that individualizes the learning experience. We also have multiple research resources for students that allow for the exploration of information within an age appropriate and vetted digital library of resources.  Some of these vetted resources include:

Britannica School Online
An online encyclopedia of age appropriate and level articles, in multiple languages. 

Destiny Discover
An online school library “Card Catalogue”  where students can search for books within their own library.

Discovery Education
An online collection of thousands of vetted videos about multiple topics and age appropriate for elementary students. 

World Book Online
An online encyclopedia of age appropriate and level articles, in multiple languages. 

We prefer that our students start with the above research resources instead of first turning to Google or Youtube especially for our primary age students.

The DESTINY DISCOVER APP is on all of the student iPads and it is powerful! Here is a 4 minute movie introduction to the use of Destiny Discover (Click Here). For use at home use this link if using a home computer – (Click Here)

S.T.A.R. Tech Program

S.T.A.R. stands for Scientific and Technological Advanced Research.   It is an educationally-based organization led by students and supported by district and teacher advisors.

S.T.A.R. has the goal of connecting students that have a passion for the ICT Pathways to lead the way for other students and teachers to integrate this learning into the classrooms as well as before, during and after school.   S.T.A.R. is not a club, it is a culture of learners who seek to transform education as a whole. Our students need the skills that provide greater academic freedom, and S.T.A.R. is an important part of the student empowered learning effort.  

S.T.A.R. has labs at each of our schools with teacher(s) advisors.

School Web Filtering

EUSD takes the filtering of student instructional devices seriously. This involves participation from parents to the district administration. At a district level, the filtering system is strong, constantly monitored, and updated accordingly. Teachers and school site staff have a process to inform the IT department to report any issues and are trained to discuss, teach, and monitor responsible use of both the iPads and the internet. At the start of the school year, parents and students review and sign a Responsible Use agreement. In addition to the internet filtering system, the best filters are our teachers and parents.

Home Filtering

FOR THE TECHIE: Many wireless routers feature parental control and filtering options. To check if your current router has these features, review the product manual that came with the router or search the web for your router model to find directions for enabling. Open DNS is also used by families to filter the internet to all devices in the home. It is a free solution that can be customized for the level of parental controls that are needed for a household. The district has also implemented a filter through our Mobile Device Management program Meraki that provides an extra level of filtering for iPads when students are off the school network.

Additional Materials for Families