Securly is a 100% cloud-based web filter designed specifically for K-12 schools. With features like safe-search in Google, YouTube and Wikipedia, and seamless integration with Google Apps for Education, Securly is the optimal security solution for 21st century education. Securly costs fractions less than other security options available to schools and provides an alternative to the problem of over-blocking, while maintaining CIPA compliance.
Securly blocks inappropriate content from search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing so students can research without worry. In addition, students and teachers have access to YouTube Safety Mode, which blocks blacklisted videos from being viewed by students. All of these safe-search features are CIPA compliant.
YouTube for Educators
By far one of the biggest questions for IT admins is their YouTube policy – should they leave it completely open, completely blocked, or employ a solution like YouTube for Education or YouTube Safety Mode? Unfortunately, all of these solutions come with their drawbacks. This prompted Securly to develop a better solution called YouTube for Educators, a school-friendly feature that allows admins and teachers to approve individual videos or entire channels with one click.
White and Black Lists
Securly allows for global white and blacklisting of safe or inappropriate websites for students. Teachers have the ability to bypass these settings to access blocked pages, and can also add pages to the blacklist or whitelist. This is all customizable and audited by the administrator’s account.
Bullying and Self-Harm Detection
In collaboration with industry experts, Securly has developed a technology (featured on EdSurge) that interprets the sentiments of students’ online searches and social media posts and alerts school officials in cases of cyberbullying and self-harm. In contrast to solutions that flag on keywords, which produce many false positives, Securly’s algorithms rely on natural language processing to detect troubling behavior with high confidence.
The patent-pending “Securly for Parents” offering give your parent community visibility into how their children are using school devices like Chromebooks and iPads. Parents can also have the ability to co-manage the at-home policy. Create a sense of shared responsibility with parents to ensure the success of your 1:1 program.
Google Apps Integration
Securly is the only web-filter that allows complete integrations with Google Apps for Education. This allows for seamless sign-on for teachers, students, and administrators.
How long will it take to set up and install Securly?
Securly can take five minutes to set up for an entire district. Because Securly is cloud-based, there is no hardware to set up and no software to install.What options are available to customize Securly to fit the individual needs of different schools?
Recognizing that no two schools or districts are the same, Securly offers many customization options for schools.
1) White/Black List by Administrators: Administrators can create a whitelisted, or safe website list that students are allowed to access while on campus. In this stead, they can also add websites to a blacklist, so that students cannot visit them during the school day in addition to the websites blocked by Securly’s safe-search feature.
2) White/Black List by Teachers: Securly also allows for teachers to be able to add websites to the white or black list. So if a school blocks social media websites, but an English teacher needs her students to access Tumblr for a creative writing project, she can whitelist the page while the project is taking place.
3) Create Policies: Administrators can create policies that filter for specific groups of students, such as elementary, middle, and high school, and apply different settings to each policy. This allows for more flexibility, and also ensures that every student is safe while online.
What about off-campus security?
Securly is the first and only web-filter to allow zero-touch filtering of 1:1 take home Chromebooks, taking Google Apps integration to the next level. If your school doesn’t use Chromebooks, no problem! Securly is also compatible with other take-home devices, including tablets.
Securly also enables your school to set up relaxed take-home policies, meaning that your students may not have access to social media sites on their devices while at school, but they will be able to access them once they leave campus.What about tracking student usage for district compliance?
Securly has a forced login feature, which makes each user log into their account before they can access the internet. By doing so, administrators are then able to audit student usage to all sites, both blocked and accessed.
Purchasing this product through Amplified IT provides initial setup and training, along with access to unmatched technical expertise and customer support in the K-12 marketplace. Our EDU-specialized staff will provide roll-out training for your team, and offer proactive assistance with the entire implementation process. We will also work to determine the best way to utilize the service, and scope the best data management solution for your school district.
Amplified IT is vendor independent, which means every three months we review the services available to K-12 schools and select the ones we feel are most suitable for our customers. We have reseller agreements with all of these third parties and offer our assistance with their setup on your domain at no additional cost. When the service is bought via Amplified IT, there are no additional charges for deployment, ongoing support, and consultancy. If you are interested in a third party tool, let us know and we can advise you on if it’s the right fit and how best to deploy.