Petition: Force Knob Noster R-VIII School District to get rid of Lightspeed Systems

Petition: Force Knob Noster R-VIII School District to get rid of Lightspeed Systems

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Andy Proctor started this petition to KNHS and

I would like to force Knob Noster R-VIII School District to remove Lightspeed Systems from our school computers.

This is why I hate Lightspeed Systems:

1. Too many restrictions. Can't browse anything online cause Lightspeed nearly blocks everything.


2. Blocks educational stuff. Educational websites and videos are essential in schools, and necessary for homework and research. Lightspeed blocks this stuff as it is labeled as "mature" content in the web filter. Unhelpful.


3. Blocks sites at home. I know having web filters at school is essential to keep students on task, but having the web filter on during after-school hours is unnecessary, unfair, and completely ridiculous.


4. Slows down computers. Should be called Slowspeed Relay. It reduces the computer's speed to nearly 1/15th of it's potential, and it constantly throws me offline for no apparent reason. I have to keep messing with Airplane mode JUST to get reconnected. That is unacceptable.


5. Blocks allowed games. I could go on all day with the list, but sometimes this terrible web filter blocks games ALLOWED by the school. Kid-friendly school games: BLOCKED. Challenging school games: BLOCKED.


6. Blocks sites a week after use. When I say terrible, I actually MEAN IT. Lightspeed Relay blocks sites sometime after use. Dogeminer 1 & 2 were blocked a WEEK after I played them. One of them was blocked because it was under the category "security", and the sequel was blocked because it was under the "games" category. ABSOLUTELY UNFAIR.


8. Absolutely dangerous. Web filters are super dangerous, and Relay is NO EXCEPTION. It is super dangerous to even INSTALL web filters, as they can cause damage to computers and make them unusable.


9. It mimics Securly. Lightspeed is JUST as bad as Securly is. Securly and Relay have one thing in common: they block any website they want to.


10. Unhelpful for school work. Blocking nearly every educational website doesn't help with school work at all. Instead, it makes school work even harder then it already is. Lots of kids will end up with homework or detentions just over a web filter being over-restrictive! That is not fair for ANYONE!


11. Doesn't allow social media and live streaming after school anymore. Back then, when we still had Rocket by Lightspeed Systems, it would turn off the social media and part of the mature filter after 3:15 PM, allowing access to Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and Mixer. Now, with Relay, it NEVER turns off these filters, and ALWAYS stays on. I just use my home computer for this stuff, now.


That is why you should get rid of this. It's unfair, ridiculous, AND illegal. Too many restrictions and limitations, and doesn't get the job done. Students will be more happy if you remove this software from our school.


I want EVERYONE, including non-Knob Noster students to sign this petition. We need to get RID of this web filter from our school district.

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