We understand that every teacher has her unique teaching requirements and may, therefore, need to allow her students access to certain sites that may otherwise be blocked for their OU. Depending upon why the sites need to be accessed (short lesson, research paper etc.), the teacher may need to allow such sites for a few hours to a few days. It can be rather cumbersome for both the teacher as well as the IT admin to manage such requests on demand if the task is assigned to a single individual. Both teachers and students could potentially lose out on valuable learning time in such cases.
To make life easy for the IT admin and the teacher, the IT admin can delegate approval rights to teachers. Whenever a student encounters a blocked page, the teacher clicks the ‘Temporarily Allow’ button on the student’s machine, and inputs his/her credentials to allow the site for all users with the same public IP.
By temporarily allowing sites, teachers can ensure that access to sites is restricted to those who really need it, and there is no misuse.
As the admin, to enable the temporarily allow sites feature
- Log in to your Securly account.
- Navigate to the Policy Editor.
- Select ‘Allow Teachers to Approve Sites’ for policies that are mapped to the teacher’s OU under the Policy Map. (Please be careful that you do not accidentally select this option for any student policy or the default policy.)
- You can limit the time for which temporarily allowed sites can be accessed by the student, by navigating to Global Settings. Input the number of minutes for which the site can be accessed.
Note that if no time is added, the site will become available to the student forever on the specified IP, and will not expire from the Global Allow list. However, it can be removed manually by an admin at any time. It is recommended that you specify a time duration to avoid misuse by students.
When a student encounters a blocked page the teacher can simply click the 'Temporary Allow' button and grant access to that site. The teacher would need to log in with his/her school Google credentials. Once the site is allowed it will be allowed for everyone on that IP address.
Note that the site will once again be blocked when the TTL determined by the IT admin kicks in.
Review Approved Sites
For the admin’s convenience, these whitelisted sites are marked separately under the ‘Allow/Deny’ list in Global Settings.