Securly can also provide another layer of protection by monitoring students’ web searches. Securly uses an algorithm to identify potential inappropriate searches for things like violence or nudity.
Web searches are monitored using a sophisticated machine learning and sentiment analysis algorithm. The database consists of thousands of words, phrases, and sentences that are categorized into different categories to help the engine identify the type of activity. Securly constantly updates their database to ensure that the engine is trained using as comprehensive a list of words, phrases, and sentences as possible. Terms related to self-harm or cyberbullying will trigger an immediate alert to parents.
These alerts are generated through the SecurlyHome app on your cell phone. If you are already a user of the SecurlyHome app, and you have notifications allowed, there is nothing more you need to do. If the Securly system detects self-harm activity, you will be notified on your phone. Clicking the notification will take you to the app, as demonstrated in the app screenshot to the right .
If you currently do not use the app on your smartphone, please follow these instructions:
- Visit the App Store or Google Play on your device and download the “SecurlyHome” app.
- Once downloaded, log in to the app with the same email address that you receive your weekly web history reports.
- If you are asked about notifications, be sure to choose Allow.
- That’s it!