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GAT Shield for Parents

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GAT Shield for Parents

Parents and Guardians

GAT Labs provides oversight and protection for the children at the school with GAT+ and GAT Shield. These tools work together to help identify the student, the device they’re working on, and how and when they’re using that device.

With GAT Shield, the school can deploy the service to show parents and guardians an exact copy of the information they gather. This allows them to view the student’s online activity, see which sites they’re working on and much more.

This is a quick guide for you to know how to use the GAT Shield Chrome Extension Reporter.

Parents and Guardians

GAT Labs provides oversight and protection for the children at the school with GAT+ and GAT Shield. These tools work together to help identify the student, the device they’re working on, and how and when they’re using that device.

With GAT Shield, the school can deploy the service to show parents and guardians an exact copy of the information they gather. This allows them to view the student’s online activity, see which sites they’re working on and much more.

This is a quick guide for you to know how to use the GAT Shield Chrome Extension Reporter.

Entering GAT Shield Chrome Extension

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If GAT Shield is available to parents, it will appear as a color icon at the top right of every web page in the student’s chrome browser session.

In the screenshot we highlighted the GAT Shield logo in an orange box. (the orange box is just for demonstration, it won’t be displayed)

If the GAT Shield logo is grey, you don’t see a dropdown window or is simply not there please contact the IT manager from the school.

Entering GAT Shield Chrome Extension

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If GAT Shield is available to parents, it will appear as a color icon at the top right of every web page in the student’s chrome browser session.

In the screenshot we highlighted the GAT Shield logo in an orange box. (the orange box is just for demonstration, it won’t be displayed)

If the GAT Shield logo is grey, you don’t see a dropdown window or is simply not there please contact the IT manager from the school.

By clicking on the GAT Shield extension icon at the top right on the Chrome Browser, the parents or guardians will be able to see the following information:

By clicking on the GAT Shield extension icon at the top right on the Chrome Browser, the parents or guardians will be able to see the following information:

Browsing Activity

The ‘Browsing’ shows the browsing activity of the user, what pages the student has visited and the time spent on each page.

Browsing is broken into a few sections:

  • Time spent
  • Numbers of entries
  • Overview
  • Browsing by Site, Browsing by Tags

In the ‘Time spend’ section: view the sites visited by the student, how long they spent on each site and the percentage of that time against the overall browsing time.

The view can be presented as a Pie chart or Table view.

In the ‘Number of entries’ section: view each site, how many times the site was entered and the percentage division of it.

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The ‘Overview’ data section is based on time, showing the student’s exact timeline while online with ‘Full Data’ showing all the individual site visits gathered together.

In the Browsing Activity Overview page: the parent or guardian will see, for any selected day, the timeline of the student’s entire online activity. This is then broken down into a timeline for every single site visited. Showing both, when the visit occurred and the duration of that visit. The sites are presented in a chronological order of site visits.

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The ‘Browsing by Site’ displays a timeline view of the page visits.

By scrolling down, you’ll see a display of each visited site accompanied by its own timeline: Total time spent on the site, percentage of active time, and that percentage against the day’s total.

You can also search for a specific site to see if it was visited. In the ‘site’ search you can also look for any tag you might have created, for example ‘Science’, and find all the sites you marked with that tag. You can also select any day in the last few months (the exact length of history depends on the storage available). 

Finally, moving the mouse over the timeline shows you exactly the site visited and time under that part of the timeline.

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Extensions

Chrome allows extensions from third parties to be installed on the browser. Some of these can ask for a lot of access (GAT Shield requires a lot of permissions to run correctly). GAT Shield details all these extensions, as well as the permissions they request. Normally, parents and guardians don’t have to worry about these extensions as they are tightly controlled by the school. However, this feature of the tool allows you to see what else is running in the browser.

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Downloads

Chrome allows users to download files to local storage. These files can either come from the school’s G Suite environment or from external web sites. No matter where they come from, GAT Shield tracks these downloads and reports them. You can see the original file name and the new local name, the server where the file came from, where it was stored, the date, time and size of the download. Parents and Guardians can use this feature in GAT shield to see what students are downloading and check whether it’s appropriate or not.

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Searches

GAT Shield shows ‘Search History’ both as a timeline and as a word cloud. The larger the word in the cloud, the more that word was searched for. On the timeline, view the Date when the search happened, the engine used (where the user searched), and the search query applied.

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Chats

Under ‘Chat History’ it’s possible to see all the Google ‘chats’ that the user had online. For privacy reasons the chat contents are not recorded, however all the participants are visible, along with the chat duration and start and finish times.

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Device

Device shows you where Google thinks you’re located, along with details of the device you’re running on. This shows you key technical details the outside world can potentially find out about your environment.

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Config – Browsing tags

GAT Shield allows both Admins and Users to create page names or page tags. Page names can be used to give a simple descriptive name to any page or subpage. 

For example, you can track all the time spent in spreadsheets by giving the name ‘Google Spreadsheets’ to the page https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets. You can also name a particular spreadsheet by giving its full path name, right down to the spreadsheet file id. This allows you to track time spent just on that sheet.

GAT also supports the idea of page ‘Tags’. A tag is something that can be given to a collection of sites. For example, you can tag classrooms.google.com as ‘classroom’. Then, under the first tab ‘Browsing Activity’, when you search for a classroom, you’ll find all the time you spent on the classrooms in general.

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