As part of the division’s commitment to safe and effective use of technology, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is excited to announce the addition of Securly Parent Portal, a web-filtering tool offering parental controls and reports on division-issued devices.
After a successful field-test at several schools, VBCPS will now offer all parents the option to use Securly to monitor how their children are using their school-issued devices. Parents will be able to view online activity outside of the classroom, such as sites browsed, social media use and activity, and items searched.
Parents must sign up to receive weekly Securly emails that will include detailed information about their children’s internet activity on school-issued devices. Parents will also have the ability to customize what their children can do and see on their devices while at home and, specifically, allow or deny access to specific sites and categories.
Additionally, the software also contains a cyberbullying and self-harm detection feature.
Through web filters and cyberbullying/self-harm detection across social media, Securly enables the division to maintain a safer 1:1 environment for students. This school year the division became 1:1, meaning each student in grades one through 12 will have their device provided for them at school. Whenever Securly detects a possible sign of distress, administrators and parents are notified, allowing for a quick and suitable solution.
To further increase good digital citizenship, the division educates students throughout the year about appropriate online behavior when interacting with others on social networking websites and other forms of electronic communications.
In late September, after schools finalize assigning student devices, parents can expect to receive an email with more information about Securly registration or how to unsubscribe.
Questions about the Securly Parent Portal should be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. For content related questions (e.g. sites allowed or blocked, search results, etc.), contact the Department of Technology Help Desk at 757-263-1111.