What is Safes Connect?

Here you will more about what Safes Connect does and why it is necessary for pairing iPhones/iPads with your Safes School account.

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Summary

  • Safes Kids is an agent app designed to be installed on student devices to ensure that rules set on the Safes School panel for classrooms are strictly followed.

  • Safes Connect is a program that you can install on your Windows or Mac device to set up special profiles on iPhones and iPads.

  • Why is Safes Connect necessary? Because Apple's iOS and iPadOS have strict policies that make it difficult to monitor iPhones and iPads without using their built-in management tools, especially when managing multiple devices at once, which is often the case for schools.

Safes Connect works in 3 simple steps:

  1. Install the Safe Connect app on your Windows or macOS device and connect the Apple device you want to enroll to it using a cable.

  2. Open Safes Connect and select the connected device. The Safes School’s profile will be installed on the connected iPhone or iPad.

  3. Install Safes Kids on the student’s iPhone/iPad from the App Store. Open Safes Kids and pair it with your Safes School account using a pairing code.

Features available after adding devices with Safes Connect:

  • Safe Search and Web Filter let you block inappropriate search results and websites.

  • Smart Screen allows you to set device usage limits.

  • Smart App Rules lets you block unsuitable apps and exempt apps from Smart Screen limits.

  • Geofencing helps you enforce rules only when students are within the school or classroom radius.

  • Reports keep track of attendance and online activity.

Safes Connect: Safes School’s Apple Companion

Welcome to Safes School! Our platform helps you manage your devices, whether they are owned by the school or by the students. We support all operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and ChromeOS.

This document focuses on iOS and iPadOS devices. To ensure maximum security and control over these devices, we have developed Safes Connect. In this document, we will introduce Safes Connect and explain how it works in detail.

Safes Connect & Safes Kids

Safes Connect is an application available on Windows and macOS. It installs a profile on iPhones and iPads, allowing full device supervision.

Safes Kids is the agent app for Safes School that needs to be installed on the devices you wish to manage. It guarantees that all the rules set on the Safes School panel for classrooms are strictly followed on students’ devices.

Why Safes Connect Is Necessary

Apple’s iOS and iPadOS have strict policies that make it difficult to monitor iPhones and iPads without using their built-in management tools. This becomes even more challenging when you need to manage multiple devices at once, which is often the case for schools.

To address this issue, we created Safes Connect, which allows you to fully supervise all iOS/iPadOS devices by installing the aforementioned profile on them.

How Safes Connect Works

Now, with that out of the way, the question comes up, “What is the role of Safes Connect?”

In simple terms, Safes Connect uses Apple’s built-in device management settings to ensure your rules are applied, setting the stage for installing Safes Kids on students’ devices.

After installing the Safe Connect app on your Windows or macOS device, you should directly connect the Apple device you want to enroll to it using a cable. Then, you must open Safes Connect and select the connected device on it.

Here’s when the magic happens! The Safes School’s profile, which is only recognizable by Apple, will be installed on the connected iPhone or iPad. Once the student's device is restarted, you should search for Safes Kids on the App Store and install it on the student’s device.

The rest is easy! You just need to open Safes Kids on the student’s device and pair it with your Safes School account using a pairing code.

How Safes Connect Is Different

You may ask, “Is monitoring Apple devices any different compared to devices with other OSes?” The short answer is yes, but you won’t notice the difference.

When it comes to the rules you set for devices, the features provided on all platforms work almost identically. Here is what you can do once you pair devices using Safes Connect.

Safe Search

  • Block inappropriate search results on popular search engines like Google, Bing, etc.

  • Select keyword categories like adult content, violence, and more. Safes School blocks search results when students search for words in selected categories.

  • Manually add keywords so that students can’t search for them.

  • Make exceptions on words blocked by keyword categories without unblocking the whole category.

Web Filter

  • Block inappropriate websites on students’ devices.

  • Select website categories like adult content, violence, and more. Safes School stops students from visiting the websites in selected categories.

  • Block websites by manually adding their URLs.

  • Make exceptions on websites that are blocked by website categories without unblocking the whole category.

Smart Screen

Set device usage limits on students’ devices. After this time limit is reached, they cannot open any applications on their devices.

Smart App Rules

  • Block unsuitable apps on students’ devices.

  • Add useful or urgent apps as exceptions and exempt them from Smart Screen limits.

Geofencing

  • Specify the radius of your school and each class on the map.

  • Make sure that students’ personal devices (BYOD) follow your rules only when they are within the school or the classroom’s radius and only during school hours.

Reports

Keep track of students’ attendance and online activity for the following:

  • Searched keywords

  • Visited websites

  • App usage

  • Screen time

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