Signing up for Securly’s Parent Portal allows you to give your school’s parents control over their child’s off-site settings, and actively engage in their child’s development as a digital citizen.
There are four types of control levels that a school IT admin can assign to the parents of his school. Each control level allows you to give parents control over the child’s off-site settings that suit your school policies and requirements.
1. No Control: This is the default option. The same suggests that if you choose to go with this option, the parent will have zero control over their child’s off-site settings. Irrespective of whether the child uses the device on campus or at home, the settings determined by you will apply. In this case, the parent will not see the ‘Settings’ tab on his parent portal UI.
2. Restricted: This allows you to give limited access to the parent over the settings and categories. Categories and settings blocked by you as part of the on-campus policy for that student will appear greyed out to the parent and will not be editable. Note that admin settings will always take precedence over parent settings.
Unlike the full control option, the parent would not have the ability to add any new websites to the allow list. However, he will be able to add sites to the Block list. Note that the parent blocked list will take precedence over the school allow list/whitelist when students access the internet off-campus.
3. Full Control: The exact opposite of No Control, this option will give parents complete unrestricted control over their child’s off-campus settings. Unlike No Control, all categories and settings will appear enabling by the parent. The parent will be able to change any of the settings and allow and deny individual websites and categories. With this level of control, the school Allow/Block list will not apply to students when off-campus. The parent list will take precedence over the school list.
It is recommended to use this control level carefully and with a complete understanding of the fact that the parent can provide access to their child to categories, settings, and websites that the school looks down on. These settings will be available to the child not only at home but any other location off-campus such as cafes etc.
4. Custom: With this option, you are in complete control and can customize what parents can and cannot do with their child’s off-campus settings. Depending upon your school policies and requirements, you can lock or unlock access to certain categories and settings. Parents would not be able to edit any of the locked categories and settings – the policy determined by you would apply in those cases. They will appear grayed out to the parent. For the unlocked ones, parents will have free reign.
The same would be the case with blocked and allowed lists. Depending upon whether you choose to lock or unlock the allow and deny website option, parents will be able to add websites to the allow and deny list.
1. The allow and deny list created by you will not be visible to the parent on their parent portal for all levels of control.
2. All control levels (except No Control) become available to the parent only after he clicks ‘Manage my settings’ upon logging in to the Parent Portal. If the parent does not click ‘Manage my settings’ he would not be able to manage his child’s settings.