Student Privacy FAQs

  • Why does my teacher use GoGuardian?

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    "GoGuardian software helps educators maximize the benefits of using technology in the classroom while minimizing the risks associated with online learning." Read more on the Parent Information Guide

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  • Can teachers monitor students outside of the school day?

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    No. Teachers can schedule GoGuardian to monitor students while logged into Chromebooks Monday-Friday between the hours of 7am-5pm.

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  • Does GoGuardian install anything on my personal computer?

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    Yes. When you sign into your PISD Google account on your personal computer, a local data file is installed using the Chromium extensions on Chrome. It cannot monitor what you are doing from home. 

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  • Why can’t I log into my school Chromebook with my personal Google account anymore?

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    GoGuardian will only monitor student PISD Google account logins. It cannot monitor personal Google accounts. Chromebooks are district property and should be accessed using PISD credentials. 

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  • Is the District allowed to filter and monitor students?

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    Yes. "...many schools are required to have a program in place to help filter out harmful images, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)..." "GoGuardian Admin™ provides schools with tools to comply with CIPA as well as tools to help their students stay focused on online resources that schools find educational and/or appropriate." See the GoGuardian Privacy Information website, linked above, for more details.

    Teachers can protect and oversee student web activity, have control over which videos students see, can detect potentially dangerous activity, and help prevent students from searching for inappropriate material. 

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  • If a teacher is absent, can she/he still see what’s happening on the Chromebooks?

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    Yes. If the teacher has an active session during the school day between the hours of 7am-5pm, she/he will be able to monitor what the students are doing while off campus (at professional learning meetings, conference, etc.).

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