Over the last several months SchoolTube has worked with iboss users and customer support personnel to successfully configure and test new policy settings that allow YouTube© linked videos to play on SchoolTube while blocking backlinks to YouTube. This is the best of both worlds! Allow access to the desired education videos while reducing distractions and risks for students – and complaints from parents. So, if you are looking for a way to safely share YouTube videos, you may want to watch this case study video, and check out iboss and SchoolTube!
Watch the iboss-SchoolTube Case Study Video
Why Schools Block YouTube
Many schools block or restrict YouTube, especially for younger students, and this creates challenges because teachers often support their in-class lessons with videos sourced from YouTube. However, uncontrolled access to YouTube content and viewer comments can often lead to distractions and unwanted streaming and viewing behavior.
SchoolTube has allowed YouTube-linked videos through our site, but if a school network filter blocks YouTube, this process too gets blocked. The new policy statement/setting that can be created within iboss allows our process to work fully, while still blocking open access to YouTube.
Try This iboss Policy Statement
If your school or district uses iboss, try the policy statement below to enable YouTube-linked videos to safely play through SchoolTube. Teachers can create FREE SchoolTube accounts and link desired YouTube videos through that account. Your school or district’s IT Department will need to create a custom filter in iboss to allow YouTube sourced videos to play through SchoolTube. You still may see YouTube’s ads, but all surrounding YouTube-related videos, viewer comments, and backlinks to YouTube will be blocked. Below are the iBoss policy settings that are required to make this work. Steps may vary based on district settings and the iboss version in use. We suggest contacting iBoss customer support if you have any questions or need assistance.