Time-Based Filtering Policies

This article is for IT support.

Using a Time Period, you can specify when a School Manager content filtering policy will apply. (Policies were formerly referred to as “rules”.) You can fine tune your filtering policies to the day of the week and time of day. Or, you can use time-based filtering to monitor if students are attempting to access restricted content during school hours. For example, you can block social media during recess and lunch hours to generate a report of how many students tried to access social media content during those hours.


Use Cases

Here are some examples of when you might want to use Time-Based Filtering Policies

Context Policies Description Block or Allow Signature or Category User or Group Time Period
Allow access to education games during a Year 9 science class. Allow Educational Games for the Year 9 group from Monday to Friday, 1:00pm to 1:45pm. Allow Educational Games Signature Year 9 Group

Monday and Friday

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Allow all students at a boarding school to be able to play games on the weekend. Allow Games for All Boarders on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 7:30pm. Allow Games All Boarder Groups

Saturday and Sunday

10:00am to 7:30pm

Stop students from using the internet on their devices during school assembly. Block All Traffic (no internet) to all Student Groups from Friday 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Block All Traffic All Student Groups


2:00pm to 3:00pm

Prevent a specific student from playing this game during school hours. Block the game Among Us, for Student 1 during school time (Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm). Block Among Us Signature Student 1 (User)

Monday to Friday

9:00am to 3:30pm

Prevent Year 7 from using social media during lunchtime. Block all Social Media for the Year 7 group from Monday to Friday, 12:00pm to 12:45pm. Block Social Media Signature Year 7 Group

Monday to Friday

12:00pm to 12:45pm


Creating a Time-Based Filtering Policy

  1. Create a Group by going to Configuration > Users and Groups > Groups.
  2. Create a Time Period by going to Configuration > Objects > Time Periods
  3. Create a Content Filtering Policy by going to Filtering > Content Filtering
  4. Select + Create Policy
  5. Enter a Name, select the Type, Group, and Action.
  6. In Type, select Criteria > Time Periods
  7. From the Time Periods dropdown, select the Time Period you created in Step 2.
  8. In Type, select Criteria > Groups
  9. In Groups, select the Group you created in Step 1.
  10. Select Save Policy.
  11. Enable the policy and move it above any policies from its main category (see Content Filtering  Policy Ordering).


Using a Time-Based filtering policies for reporting

Once a time based filtering block policies has been created, you will be able to monitor how many students are attempting to access that content.

  1. In School Manager, go to Cyber Safety > Blocked.
  2. Select Policies. A list of Policies will appear with the number of Hits.
  3. To view more information, select the Policy Name.
  4. You will see the UsersFull Name, and Number of Attempts.


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