Google Workspace Tools: Complements to Bark for Schools Monitoring

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We've put together some guides that you can use to optimize your Google Workspace (G Suite) account with Bark for Schools monitoring and filtering.

Settings for Gmail

If your students use Gmail, Bark can monitor the emails sent and received. Ensure we're able to monitor their emails by following these additional steps:

Disable Confidential Mode

Settings for Google Chat / Hangouts

If your students use Hangouts / Google Chat, Bark can monitor the text and media attachments in those chats! Ensure we're able to monitor chats by following these additional steps:

Set Up Google Chat Monitoring

Settings for Chrome Monitoring & Filtering

There are also some other neat tools in Google Workspace (G Suite) accessed under Devices > Chrome Management > User & Browser Settings:

  • Browser Guest Mode - you can select "Prevent guest browser logins" to ensure they only sign into a school-managed Chromebook from their student account.
  • Developer Tools - you can select "Never Allow the use of built-in developer tools" to prevent students from disabling Chrome extensions needed for school.
  • Incognito Mode - though we can monitor and filter sites accessed in Incognito, you can disable this setting and students will not have the option to use incognito browsing on Chrome in the first place.
  • Multiple Sign-In Access - you can select "Block multiple sign-in access for users in this organization" to ensure they only sign into a school-managed Chromebook from their student account.
  • Sign-in to secondary accounts - you can select "Block users from signing into or out of secondary Google Accounts" to ensure they only sign into a school-managed Chromebook from their student account.
  • SafeSearch - if you enable this setting, students will have explicit results filtered from their Google searches.
  • Task Manager - you can select "Block users from ending processes with the Chrome task manager" to prevent students from disabling Chrome extensions, apps, etc. needed for school.
  • URL Blocking for javascript://* - some folks have used Javascript in nefarious ways, so consider using this feature to block it on school-managed Chromebooks.
  • User management of installed CA certificates - you can select " Disallow users from managing certificates" to prevent students from tampering with Chrome extensions needed for school.
  • Youtube Restricted Mode - if you enable this setting, students will have explicit results filtered from their Youtube searches and will not be able to view many explicit videos. 

 

How do I reach the Bark for Schools team?

We have an incredible team behind the scenes here at Bark. For technical questions, we can be reached here. Our team is happy to help!