It’s that time of year when the privacy and security within your EdTech tools require a check-up. 

As such, we want to share some privacy settings and unique upcoming additions within GoGuardian’s tools to help you, your school community, and your students to better understand how GoGuardian can support your technology policies and safety needs—especially as we begin this year online or in a hybrid environment.

1. New visible icon within the browser

Rolling out next month, there will be a new school-like icon badge on the left-hand side within the browser when GoGuardian is active on a school-managed account and/or device. A message will pop out when a browser is first opened and when a user hovers over this icon. The message will read: “Information on this screen can be visible to the school to keep you secure and scholarly while you’re online. Please reach out to the school for more information.” This intentional effort facilitates more visibility and transparency around when GoGuardian is active on a school-managed account and/or device for your school. 

2. Student-focused privacy features in video conferencing

GoGuardian Teacher™ has released a video conferencing feature to ensure that teacher and student connection can take place through video and audio.  Student-centered privacy controls exist within this feature. Students have the ability to decline calls initiated by a teacher, disable their microphone (both before joining the call and anytime during the call), disable their webcam (both before joining the call and anytime during the call), leave a call at any time, and decline to be recorded, all while still enabling them to join a call and listen to the teacher. 

3. On/off monitoring switches

In addition, there will be new functionality and more visibility options within the settings space in GoGuardian. Next month, these new settings will allow IT admins to turn on and off monitoring for students at home and/or on personal devices that are signed into a school-managed account. This addition provides admins the opportunity to customize and address those settings that best fit their district or school.

4. Out of School Hours setting

Similar to above, IT admins will soon have the option to turn on or off monitoring for “Out of School Hours”. This provides more flexibility, especially as schools and their students adjust to online or hybrid learning environments. This option supports learning continuity, while also giving space to customize when monitoring happens on school-managed accounts. This will also be open and available to try next month.  

5. Roles, permissions, and access protocols

We’ve made it easy for users to identify which roles have access and control over their settings within GoGuardian’s products. In this help center article, you can find the specific how-to guide to getting users set up and running, all without compromising safety and security within your GoGuardian deployment. 

If you’re interested in taking an early look at these upcoming security features and settings, please contact your GoGuardian representative.