Specific filtering policies for individual students
We frequently have individual students that either need blocked from something that everyone else can access or need permission to access something nobody else can. I have to create a new OU in Google Admin just so I can create a custom whitelist/blacklist OU in GG.
Thanks for the feature request! A beta version of Penalty Box has just been launched, which will allow you to build a specific list of “whitelist only” websites for students that need special attention. In conjunction, we are now starting to work on a new version of bypass passwords so you can give students special access to specific websites when they need it. As you requested this feature, you have special access before it is released more widely to give feedback and suggest improvements. Try it out at https://admin.goguardian.com/policy/penalty-box
Andrew Smith commented
Has anything come of this request? I have Student TA's that need access to blocked sites to perform tasks for teachers.
Ben Houseward commented
I have to agree with some of the recent comments that the Penalty Box does not address this feature request. The Penalty Box is useful when a student (or group of students) needs the hammer put down temporarily.
I think a use case of this request is when one student can't seem to stop wasting time on Pinterest but other students are using this wisely and for educational reasons. I want to be able to just apply a "No Pinterest" policy to this student (and any others with this vice) indefinitely on top of whatever policies are already applied via the OU.
Likewise, Craigslist is blocked for all our students. However, a few of the shop kids need to find an old truck frame for their welding class. I would like to apply a policy to those students without having to make a Google OU for them.
Please consider this idea as the OP intended.
Thomas Winegardner commented
This is something we are looking for as well as an added feature. We have some students whose parents request restricted access to certain websites for their children. In most cases, this would mean at this time, we would have to create a new OU for each instance of these requests, which seems overkill for something that should be as simple as user-level policy settings. The penalty box is a nice feature, but seems to not be designed for a long term solution for multiple students.
The Penalty Box, while nice, doesn't address the need expressed by this feature request. The request is wanting to be able to restrict a specific student from a specific website (leaving the rest of their web browsing unimpeded). The penalty box is a shared whitelist. Not really the same thing. We want/need to apply a specific policy (or a specific blacklist) to a specific student, regardless of their OU policy.
Stephanie Garey commented
As much as I like the penalty box, we need the ability to have something that isn't all or nothing. Right now, we have to put all students in the same penalty box so whitelisted sites for high school are also whitelisted for middle school as there is just one penalty box. The ability to create multiple penalty boxes would be very helpful for a multitude of reasons (whitelisting by building level; allow for a very restricted box for those students who need it). Moving students in and out of different OUs just isn't practical and that isn't something we want to do. Having the ability to do everything in Go Guardian with multiple penalty boxes would be much simpler.
Barbara Kelly commented
Thanks, that seems great and I am looking forward to that as, for the time being, I have had to create individual OUs to enforce specific restrictions.
I would like to have the ability to individualize passwords for bypass purposes. We are a K-12 school, so for now when I give a US anatomy class permission to bypass a block, everyone on campus has that same window if US happens to share the password (which they will).
Karl Langer commented
Individual school sites don't have access to move students in and out of OU's in google admin. It's not feasible / sustainable to contact someone at district to handle these things, and it never will be. This would be a HUGE help and simplify enforcing technology policies tremendously.
Tiffany Wilson commented
Create an easier way to manage a "lockdown" OU for students that need very restricted access. Currently, we need to modify our Active Directory to modify our Admin Panel to sync with GoGuardian. It would be nice to have control of a restricted OU that does NOT inherit from a parent. That way, we could keep our AD/AP structure sound while also providing customization that the district/legal system requires.
Peter Iles commented
We have international students that use their device for school but we'd like to relax goguardian for them at night so they can use social networks and video streaming sites.