A GoogleApps for Education (GAFE) school district in Texas sent me the following note a few days ago:
i understood that gmail under a google apps for education acct was going to have ability to filter student email for a bad words list. i have looked and looked for this and cannot find it, searched google, w/ no results. do we have to subscribe to another service like postini or gaggle for filtering if we use gmail for our student email? or are there instructions somewhere to set up filtering in gmail for students?
Postini email services help provide Google Apps users access to robust, cloud-based email security, filtering and archiving services. Today, we’re excited to announce our first step in creating a unified Google Apps experience by moving some Postini features directly into the Google Apps administrative interface.
The new Objectionable Content and Content Compliance email security settings, available directly in the Google Apps control panel, will allow admins to filter messages based on word lists or predefined sets of words, phrases, text patterns, or numerical patterns. And because these are built into the Google Apps infrastructure, admins will be able to use their existing user and organization structures set up for their domain to customize policies for different groups.
With these email filters and the walled garden functionality we announced earlier this year, K-12 schools will be able to address their email security needs and easily manage policies for students and teachers — all within Google Apps.
Our school district currently uses Postini Message Security to filter and block bad words, as well as control who different groups can email. For schools that are using Postini Message Security (free for schools currently using GAFE) below is a link to the needed information. It includes my presentation that covers all the details of setting up Postini, orgs, filters, rules, and more. It also has a link to a Google Spreadsheet with a detailed list of all our inbound and outbound settings and filters.http://www.appsusergroup.org/news/how-to-use-postini-message-security
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