Category Archives: Chromebook

New Securly features for parents: Pause Internet and Flagged activity notices

Securly recently announced two new features for parents:

  1. Pause Internet:  The ability for parents to turn off or pause the internet connectivity on their child’s chromebook.   This is done through their mobile app, using your securly account.

2. Flagged activity notices:  Using the securly mobile app, parents can now receive notifications when Securly flags questionable internet searches.

For more information on the Securly Home App, visit:  https://vimeo.com/289429664

Q1.How do I get a Securly account?
A1. If you are a guardian of a student in grades 3 thru 12 in West Des Moines Schools  AND you have a valid email address on file in Infinite Campus  –  then you should already be receiving weekly emails from support@securly.com that contain your child’s chromebook history.

 

Q2. But I’m not getting the weekly emails, who do I contact?
Securly support can assist you at  parent-support@securly.com        They can also assist you with other questions about securly features as well.

 

Q3. Do I have to use their mobile app to access the Internet Pause feature?
A3.  Yes.   The app is called Securly Home, which is available for free –   and at this time, the pause and the notifications are only available through the mobile app.

 

Q4. If I pause the internet on my child’s Chromebook, will that impact them at school also?
A4.  No.  Parents only have the ability to control the filtering and the pause feature while the device is outside of the school.

 

 

 

 

 

When is the next round of Chromebook replacements?

When is the next round of Chromebook replacements?

 

Q1. When is the next round of Chromeboook replacements?

A1.  The next replacement of chromebooks will be the 3rd thru 6th grade devices –  scheduled for this summer.

 

Q2.  What does this mean for the elementary schools –  do we have to collect the existing chromebooks?

A2.  Yes. Every elementary school will collect their chromebooks prior to last day of classes.   Over the summer, we’ll be in to remove the existing chromebooks and replace them with a newer model.

 

Q3.  Will the new model be touch screen?
A3.  We don’t know yet –  we’ll certainly price out that option.   However, there are only a few apps that are actually touch enabled, so having touch screens may not be the biggest benefit yet.  We’ve also heard from parents – they want to keep the replacement cost of the device as low as possible. Moving to a touch screen device may drive the replacement price from $200 to over $350 each

 

Q4.  What happens to the old chromebooks?  Will schools be allowed to keep them?  Can students/families purchase them?
A4.  The company that provides the new chromebooks will take the old ones –   it’s a one for one trade.  For every old chromebook you have ready to go, the company will take it away and provide a new one in its place.   Schools will not be allowed to keep the old devices.  We are not allowed to sell the devices directly to families.