Family Link for Additional Network Filtering

Overview

Google Family Link can be used to add a layer of web restrictions in addition to ASD's web filtering by connecting a personal account that is monitored by google family link to the student's ASD account. This will allow parents to monitor and restrict browsing by their student on their ASD account.

The process outlined below can ONLY be used with a PERSONAL Chromebook. This process DOES NOT WORK on ASD provided devices.

This article is intended to assist families 

More information about family link. 

Basic Setup

Add a school account as a secondary account

  1. On the student's personal Chromebook (not ASD issued), sign in with your child’s personal Google account that is currently managed by Family Link.

  2. At the bottom right, select the time.   

  3. Select Settings .    

  4. On the left, select People.    

  5. Select the student's personal Google account managed by Family Link

  6. Next to “Accounts,” select Add school account

  7. Follow the on-screen steps. To approve the addition of a school account, a parent will need to give permission.

Filter Configuration

Configuring Filtering - Blacklist everything - Most Restrictive

In the family link app an the parent's android phone, select the account that you want to filter.

Select Manage Settings  

Select “Filters on Google Chrome”

Select “Allow only certain sites”     

At this point, all sites and embedded links within them will be blacklisted. One by one approval will need to be granted by a parent on the Family link app or Chrome Browser. 

 For example when the student wishes to sign into their ASD classroom Canvas account the website will be blocked and the family link filter will show this screen. 

The student clicks on blue “Ask permission” button.

On the parent/guardian app they can approve or decline the request.

  • The student can access the site, but embedded links within the site will still need to be approved before the student will have access to them. 

    • Classrooms within canvas

    • Each unique zoom meeting link the teacher has posted within the canvas classroom.

    • Embedded Assignments

    • Website extensions that are needed to view/edit assignments (i.e. kami)

    • Various web based resources the teacher and students use in the classroom (i.e. Springboard)

Depending on how the developers have built the structure of the website the hierarchy and site structure of a website is going to be different.

Thus, the process of how many and what needs to be approved is going to greatly vary for each website. For example, Google Suite is going to be very challenging for the parent and student. Documents, pictures, folders, etc that a teacher or other students share with the student can be blocked without the student knowing. Because of the filter, A “Google shared” item doesn’t show up automatically in the “Shared with me” section. Consequently, the student doesn’t have access to the GUI interface doc, file, or even the link that is required for the Google family link filter to start the process of request and approval. 



Configuring Filtering - Less Restrictive - Using Google's built in mature filter

In the family link app select the account that you want to filter.

Select Manage Settings  



Select “Filters on Google Chrome”

Select “Try to Block Mature Sites”

     

On testing, the filter did not block Clever or resources within Clever. I.e. Teacher pages, Canvas, Apex, Seesaw, Newsela, Google Suite, BrainPop, i-Ready, Springboard, Google Classroom, etc. 

It is important to note, when you use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child under 13, your child can use the YouTube Kids app after it is added to the approved site. However, they can't use any other YouTube apps, websites, or features until they turn 13 and manage their own Google Account. Using Family Link:  Even when www.youtube.com is added to the approved website setting the Google Account settings for under 13 overrides the Family link filter.