Using Web Limiting

Using Web Limiting

Overview

To block troublesome or distracting websites or limit students to a select few websites pertinent to the class, use the Web Limiting feature in LanSchool Air. There is currently no limit on the number of URLs that can be added to the block and allow lists. 

Watch this quick video demonstration of how to use Web Limiting with students in LanSchool Air:

Requirements

LanSchool Air can limit student website access in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. A browser extension must be present in the student's browser in order for these restrictions to be applied. If you're experiencing trouble with Web Limiting, see Troubleshooting Web Limiting. You may need to contact your LanSchool Air site administrator.

Configuring Web Limiting Settings

Before enabling web limiting for a class, configure the web limiting settings to determine how you want the feature to work by using the following steps:
  1. Enter the class for which you want to set Web Limiting.

  2. Select the Settings icon on the top navigation bar.



    The Class Settings page displays.

  3. Select WEB LIMITING on the left navigation.



    The web limiting options display.

  4. Decide which policy you want to set for the class. You can:

    1. Block all websites - simply select  Block all websites.

    2. Block specified websites - select  Block specified websites, select +Add Address, and type a website address to block into the dialog that displays. Repeat this step to add more addresses to block.


    3. Allow specified websites - select  Allow specified websites, select +Add Address, and type an address to allow into the dialog that displays. Repeat this step to add more addresses to allow.

       
There is currently no arbitrary limit on the number of sites you can add.

5. Select Save, and then select Close. You are returned to the class.




Using Wildcards

Use an asterisk (*) to act as a wildcard character to specify even more websites in your allowed or blocked website lists.

Examples:
  1. Add to Blocked Sites: *youtube.com/  Result: All parts of youtube.com will be blocked.
  2. Add to Blocked Sites: *.*games*  Result: All websites with the word "games" in the URL will be blocked.
  3. Add to Allowed Sites: *.*london*  Result: All websites with the word "london" in the URL will be allowed.
  4. Add to Allowed Sites: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo*  Result: Only the Lenovo section of Wikipedia will be allowed.
If the student is taken to a completely different domain (website) than what is in the Allow or Block List, that website will need to be added to the list. For example: A student logs into the main page of their SIS but it then takes them to the school's domain. You will need to add the school's domain to the list.

Enabling Web Limiting in Class

6. Select the Limit student websites icon and, from the drop-down menu, select either: 
  1. Limit Websites for All (to apply the web limiting settings to all students)

  2. Limit Websites for Selected (to apply the web limiting settings to selected students)



  3. The Limit student websites icon indicates that web limiting is turned on:



    1. If Block all websites was selected, or if students are on a blocked website, they are re-directed to a block page similar to the below that shows the blocked address and allowed addresses.
    2. If Allow specified websites was selected and students are on any website not on the allowed list, they are re-directed to a block page similar to the below.


    1. To disable web limiting, select the Limit student websites icon again and select either Unlimit Websites for All or Unlimit Websites for Selected






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