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School Manager Filtering Interface Guide

This article is intended for Filtering Administrators and Owner/Global Administrators.

Filtering allows administrators to set rules on content access, bandwidth, search, and reports.  Filtering also enables administrators to create bypass codes, so certain users can temporarily access protected content or connect to the internet from within the network. 

Please note, the Bandwidth Quota functionality was removed when a majority of our customers moved to learn-from-home models and switched to full-cloud deployments. These move away from physical networks made an on-network quota irrelevant.

Content Filtering 

Content filtering allows school administrators to create new content filtering rules, enable or disable them, or arrange them by order of priority.   

School Manager processes content filtering rules according to their order, so those at the top of the list take precedence over those below. 

  1. Click ADD RULE to create a new content filtering rule. 
  2. Click SIGNATURE/CATEGORY SEARCH to check if access should be blocked or allowed for a site.  
  3. Toggle ENABLE to activate a rule.
  4. Make changes to a rule.
  • Click EDIT to update a rule.
  • Click DELETE  to remove a rule.
  • Click MOVE  to move a rule up or down the list.

More detailed information about content filtering and managing filtering rules are available in Filtering Using Categories and Signatures.

Safe Search 

Safe Search can be used if you have a School Manager physical appliance. You can ensure search results in Google, YouTube, or Bing are appropriate for devices using only SSL to connect to your physical network.  In addition, School Manager administrators can also configure Safe Search based on devices or network information, such as MAC address, IP address, or a network range. 

  1. Click  ADD RULE to add a new safe search rule. The new rule is not in effect until it is configured.
  2. Make changes to a Safe Search rule.
  • Click EDIT to update a rule.
  • Click DELETE  to remove a rule.
  • Click MOVE  to move a rule up or down the list.

IT support can find the steps to enable Safe Search on your users' devices in the Enforcing Safe Search article.

Important

If your school uses Google Workspace for Education to manage Safe Search, do not add Google or YouTube Safe Search in School Manager. Google Workspace users can use School Manager for Bing and YouTube Safe Search.

Reports and Alerts

Emailed reports or alerts can be set up for users or groups when certain conditions are met (for example, if a student tries to access a blocked website or searches for information related to self-harm or violence).  

The Reports and Alerts page displays recipients' email addresses, filters, report types, and edit and delete operations for each report.

  1.  Click  ADD RULE to create a new emailed report
  2. Make changes to the email Reports and Alerts.
  • Click EDIT to configure a new or existing report.
  • Click  DELETE  to remove a report.

See the School Manager Email Reports and Alerts Guide to see samples of the automated emails with summaries of the how the reports are used. Filtering Administrators or IT support can find details on how to set up the periodic or real-time report in Setting Up Filtering Reports and Alerts.

Bypass Codes 

Administrators can create bypass codes to give users temporary access to blocked sites, apps, or search.  

Available codes

The Bypass Codes Available page displays the list of available codes and code's creator, creation and expiry dates, and operations (blank for expired codes). The table can be sorted according to column heading in ascending or descending order.

  1.  Enter a keyword in the search bar to filter the list or search for a specific value.
  2. Click ADD CODE to create a new code.
  3.  Click Expire Now  to cancel or remove a code.

Active codes

The Bypass Codes Active page includes active codes and their users. 

  1. Enter a keyword (e.g., code, name, date) in the Search bar to search or filter the list.
  2. Click the relevant column heading to sort the table accordingly, and in ascending or descending order.
  3. Click Expire Now to expire an unexpired bypass code.

AVAILABLE vs ACTIVE BYPASS CODES

Available codes are generated in Classwize by a teacher or in School Manager by an administrator and can be reused until the expiration time.

Active codes are displayed when users enter a bypass code on a block page or via http://my.linewize.net to gain access to websites.