GoGuardian Admin’s YouTube Filtering feature allows admins to configure one additional set of alternative policies on different networks or at different times of the day.
For an in depth guide on how to setup out of school filtering policies, click HERE.
Out of school filtering is one of the most highly requested features we’ve had the pleasure of bringing to you in GoGuardian Admin V2! But how should filtering differ if users are in school or out of school in general? It depends on the what the school or district’s goals are!
Devices or Accounts?
One big question schools/districts should be considering first is what exactly is the district or school’s policy and level of responsibility regarding accounts and/or devices. The GoGuardian Admin extensions will follow a student’s user account on any device whether they’re on or off campus if Out of School Filtering is not configured. This is perfect for situations where the student’s account is considered to be protected regardless of the device, but the primary responsibility in most of the situations we’ve encountered is filtering/monitoring while on school-issued devices.
1:1 Take home devices
1:1 Program Scenarios: If devices are being sent home with students, more often than not, admins want a baseline level of protection against explicit, age inappropriate material while students are at home, while alleviating some of the other restrictions for some material that may be a little too distracting at school, from gaming websites and streaming video services. This can be accomplished by creating out of school policies that are applied to OUs during out of school mode.
Youtube filtering is also a popular restriction that is often more heavily policed during school to conserve bandwidth but can be lifted while students are at home. The best way to ensure the same policy minus Youtube filtering is enabled is to create a separate Youtube filtering policy, and applying the separate Youtube filter on top the normal policies for “in school” mode and removing the policy for “out of school” mode. Remove any Youtube restrictions on the normal student policy the ensure the policy is open out of school.
Devices kept in school
In a school/district using cart systems where devices are not taken home, a different approach may be necessary to ensure that students aren’t subjected to any filtering at all while off campus. Admins can accomplish this by enabling “Out of School Mode” and setting the conditions of “at school” to be the external IP address or IP address range the school/district’s ISP has assigned to them (not to be confused with internally assigned addresses). Then, the admin can change the scheduling settings so that filtering and monitoring are toggled to “off” during out of school mode. Admins can also set the time/date for filtering policies to be considered “in school,” in addition or as an alternative to IP addresses.
Screenshot of Filter/monitor toggles set to off
For more on how to create a policy, click How To: Create and Edit Policies
How to apply policies to OUs once they’re finely tuned: How To: Apply a Policy to an OU
If you would like to create a different policy for when students aren’t in school, click How To: Configure Out of School Mode