Livingston Public Schools remains committed to increasing security and privacy of student devices and data as well as complying with the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2011. That act requires us to conduct monitoring and filtering of student internet devices and accounts. Our district has selected, implemented, and expanded GoGuardian services to assist us with this. We are currently using two of their products, GoGuardian Admin, which is their website filtering service, and GoGuardian Teacher, which is their classroom management and screen monitoring system.
How are we using GoGuardian?
We have chosen GoGuardian Admin and GoGuardian Teacher services to:
- Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material by filtering and blocking access to websites.
- Help students stay more focused when learning online.
- Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments.
- Facilitate communication between teachers and students during class time.
When and how does GoGuardian operate?
GoGuardian’s services operate on our school’s managed Google Suite (also known as G Suite) for Education Chrome accounts, meaning it is activated when a student is logged into any device, school or personal, using Google Chrome with his/her school email address.
Livingston School District enables teachers to use GoGuardian Teacher monitoring with students in their classes only during school hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. GoGuardian Admin website filtering is automatically enabled whenever a student is logged into a Google for Education Chrome school account.
Please note: As stated above, GoGuardian is active any time a student is logged into their school account regardless of what computer the student is using. Therefore, parents and families are advised to log out of school accounts when not using a personal device for school purposes.
What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?
Students are expected to use their school-managed Google accounts and school devices for educational purposes. Earlier this school year, you and your child signed off on the “Student Device Agreement” and “Parent Device Agreement” which are forms located in the Genesis Parent Portal. The use of these computers is governed by LPS Policy #2360 Use of Technology and Policy #2361 Acceptable Use of Computer Networks/Computers and Resources.
When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We cover internet safety and appropriate digital citizenship with our students during the course of our instruction and encourage you to also discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, as well as to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with her or him. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to your child’s principal.
How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?
To help your child remain safe online, GoGuardian allows the tracking of each student's browsing history. GoGuardian Teacher also monitors teacher/student chat messages.
We thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our school environment, both in-person and remote, safe, healthy, and productive.