Mobicip Partners with Erie 1 BOCES to Ensure Safe Student iPod Use Anytime, Anywhere

MOBICIPNEWS on September 13, 2010

Dynamic internet filtering service enables Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services to roll out iPod Touch devices to students in the component districts and schools, putting parents and educators at ease.

Thousand Oaks, CA - Mobicip.com, the leading internet safety and parental control service for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, partnered with the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, a regional public education service organization in Buffalo, NY, to safely equip iPod Touch devices with content filtering for home use in public and private schools in the region.

BOCES is an acronym for Board of Cooperative Educational Services, a regional public education service organization. Established in 1948 by the state legislature, a BOCES provides quality, cost-effective educational services to school districts in New York State. Erie 1 BOCES serves 20 component school districts surrounding the city of Buffalo.

The Erie 1 BOCES has launched a 1:1 program pilot where administrators in 16 public school districts and 15 private schools are given a school-provisioned iPod Touch. The unique program not only allows the school administrators to use the iPod Touch in school, but also allows the device to be taken off campus to continue to be able to access and perform a variety of administrative tasks. Through the iPod Touch pilot, school and district administrators were able to explore and experience the Internet, App Store, music, videos and podcasts, with safe school-generated and approved content to gain first-hand insight about the appropriateness and practicality of integrating mobile devices in the classroom.

Mobicip’s internet safety and parental control service allows educators to embrace new technology while ensuring a safe learning and secure learning environment. “We are thrilled with the Mobicip application,” says Jenny Conklin, Erie 1 BOCES Professional Developer, who is in charge of the program pilot. “The superintendents in the school districts have been very impressed with the simple, easy to use web interface that allows them to monitor the Internet activity by users and customize the filtering settings. The Mobicip team has been very helpful and supportive as we went through a trial period and decided to use Mobicip for this pilot program.”

After a careful review of available online security options, Erie 1 BOCES selected Mobicip's Safe Browser app and web-based monitoring service for this pilot due to the high quality of the app and Internet filter. Mobicip’s service ensures CIPA-compliance, supports school acceptable use policy, and is an eRate eligible vendor.

"Mobicip.com was launched with a vision to serve the needs of mobile learning in K-12 education. We have been amazed by the rapid adoption of the iPod Touch in schools, and more so by the innovative uses that educators have come up with for the device and applications like Mobicip," says Suren Ramasubbu, Founder and CEO of Mobicip.com. "Mobicip's service is being used by thousands of parents around the world, and the fact that it has been selected for use in this pilot at Erie 1 BOCES is a testament to its capabilities."

The Safe Browser app is available on the iPhone App Store, and the service is available at www.Mobicip.com. The full press release is available at www.Mobicip.com/press.

About Mobicip Web Filtering and Dynamic Parental Control Software
Mobicip is a powerful internet filtering and parental control software designed specifically to work with mobile devices.  Parents and Educators use Mobicip’s custom web filtering so kids and teens can use the Internet safely, securely and specific to their age, interests and parent/educator requirements.  The Safe Browser iPhone app is the most popular parental control app on the iPhone App store.  Learn more about Mobicip at www.Mobicip.com.