Giving Parents control of school Chrome devices outside of school hours

This article is intended for IT Support at schools with Linewize Community.

Warning

This feature is still undergoing beta testing, contact your Linewize Account Manager if you'd like to be part of the Beta program.

Parents and Guardians

This article uses the term parent to include guardians and other legal custodians. Linewize will not arbitrate disputes between parents.

You can use Community’s Parental Controls to give parents control and visibility over their children’s school-managed Chrome devices outside of school hours. When enabled, Parental Controls automatically passes control of devices from School Manager to the parents’ Qustodio Parent App, and returns it to School Manager at the start of the next school day. This is also known as delegation. You can control what data School Manager captures while the device is under parental control and enforce a Safety Net of content filtering rules that parents can’t override.

When Community Parental Controls are enabled, a new Apply rules on school devices toggle will appear in the Qustodio Parent app. Parents can turn on apply rules, which will let them:

If parents turn off Apply rules on school devices (or never turn it on), they will only have access to the other Community features you’ve enabled, such as pause internet.

Note

Parents can’t request delegation during school hours, even if their child is absent.

Before You Begin

  • Contact Linewize Support to get the correct extension that supports the Parental Controls feature.
  • Set your Outside School Hours and School Calendar in School Manager. These will define when devices can be delegated to parents.
  • Create one or more Groups containing any users you need to exclude from parental controls.

Turn on/off Parental Controls

1. Go to School Manager > Configuration > Community > Configure Community.

2. Go to Configure options for parents to manage school devices outside school hours.

3. Select the Parental Controls checkbox.

4. Select the Safety Net button to open the School Safety Net configuration window. You can select from the following:

  • Recommended Categories- Select the checkbox to block the following categories when parents are managing school devices:
    • Adult Mixed Content
    • Child Abuse
    • Malware and Hacking
    • Pornography
    • Proxies and VPNs
  • Additional Categories – Select the checkbox to block these additional categories while parents are managing school devices: 

5. (Optional) Select Apply Safe Search to enforce Safe Search on the device when the device is under parental control. Safe Search hides explicit content from Bing, Google Search, and YouTube Search search results.

6. Using the Select School Reporting Option dropdown, select Usage to report when a student device is under parental control. Options include:

  • All usage - reports all student device usage while under the parent’s control.
  • Blocked activity only - reports only on activities blocked during the parent’s control.
  • No usage - does not report any usage on the student’s device while under the parent’s control.

7. Select Save.

8. To turn off Parental Controls, uncheck the Parental Controls checkbox and select Save. Parental controls will be immediately revoked.

Exclude a student or group from Parental Controls

You can exclude specific students or groups from Parental Controls using Manage Exclusions. The parents of excluded students will not be able to use the features of Parental Controls, even if they are already connected to them.

To set parental control exclusions:

  1. Select Manage Exclusions. The Manage Exclusions dialog will appear.
  2. In the Exclude Groups field, enter the group name containing the users you want to except.
  3. Select the group name from the matching results. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add more groups.
  4. In the Exclude Users field, enter the username of the students you want to exclude.
  5. Select the username from the matching results. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to add more users.
  6. Select Save Exclusions.
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