Securly Online Safety Tools
As U-46 parents and guardians know, our District made a large investment in technology over the past year. Before the COVID pandemic, only 5th through 12th graders had a U-46 Chromebook. By September 2020, each preschool through 12th grade student had a device (a Chromebook or iPad) to support distance learning. That dramatic shift has supported distance learning as well as in-person classroom work and will continue to be a part of our educational system long past the pandemic.
While we celebrate the access to technology, we also recognize that it means that our students have more access to the internet which requires our guidance and support. As we work to maintain online safety and develop our students’ digital citizenship we are making several adjustments, effective Monday, March 8:
- We will apply all content filters, already used when staff and students are in school, to devices 24/7. Staff or students who might now be able to access streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu via their U-46 device will no longer be able to do so, effective March 8.
- Teachers will have access to a classroom management tool that will help them better support students online and direct them to appropriate academic content.
- Parents will have access to an optional free app that will also give them oversight of their children’s internet usage from their U-46 device during non-school hours.
To learn more about these tools, we’ve posted information and videos here. We are also hosting a March 11 U46Engage parent webinar that will cover some useful U-46 parent portals and apps. Click here to register for the webinar in English or click here to register for the webinar in Spanish.
About Securly for Parents - English Language
About Securly for Parents - Spanish Language
U-46 parents will have access to the free and optional Securly Home app, which allows parents to view their child’s internet activity on their District-owned device at any time. Parents can also receive a weekly email from Securly with a snapshot report of their child’s internet activity, which can inspire conversations at home about good digital citizenship. Another feature is the ability to tap the “pause” button to turn on/off internet access for students’ U-46 device during non-school hours. In other words, this ability to pause the internet does not work during school hours. To learn more, watch this video.
Please note parents are not required to download the Securly Home app or to follow their children’s activity on District-owned devices, although the students and their parents/guardians bear sole responsibility for exercising appropriate internet guidelines and for abiding by state and federal laws and regulations.
All parents will receive an email from Securly welcoming them to the Securly Home system, if parents decide to take advantage of this service, they just need to follow the instructions included in that email. The email will include instructions on downloading the Securly app either through the Apple App Store or Google Play. These instructions can also be found here.
If your student has an iPad, instructions to re-enroll it will need to be followed. If the iPad is not re-enrolled, Securly Home will not be enabled. Please find the re-enroll instructions here. The instructions are needed only for iPads.
Please note, the Securly Home service is only tied to a child’s District-issued Chromebook or iPad. Please see this helpful FAQ here as well as visual directions here for how to use the Securly Home app. Questions can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the school day, U-46 classroom teachers will have access to a service called “Securly Classroom,” that allows educators to view students’ screens to support instruction and direct them to the appropriate academic content. This tool also allows teachers to communicate with students regarding their internet access and, if necessary, limit access to specified websites.
Do you have questions or need assistance regarding Securly? Start first at homesupport.securly.com, where Securly has a variety of resources and also a place where you can submit a request for more personalized help. If that doesn't resolve your issue, please contact U-46's Information Services department at email@example.com.