Meetinghouse internet is intended to further the purposes of the Church and support administrative functions. Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses may limit the ability for leaders and members to access Church-related content.
Under the direction of the Stake President, Stake Technology Specialists and Bishops can change the firewall filtering policy in Technology Manager (TM) as needed to one of three available policies:
Managed: Blocks access to websites and inappropriate content, such as gambling, file sharing, adult content, gaming, entertainment, and some social media sites.
Moderate: Blocks all sites included in the Managed policy, described above, and blocks app store downloads and updates. Church-related apps cannot be downloaded or updated with this policy, but the apps are functional if previously downloaded. Implementing this policy may significantly improve internet performance for Church-related purposes compared to only implementing the Managed policy.
Strict: Allows access to a more limited set of websites. This includes common family history sites and sites used in missionary work. Church-related apps cannot be downloaded or updated with this policy, but the apps are functional if previously downloaded. Implementing this policy may further improve internet performance compared to implementing the Moderate policy.
If leaders routinely receive feedback to block or unblock a website or app, a filtering policy change request can be made in Technology Manager. Below are instructions for leaders to provide feedback. There are many considerations before a filtering change can be made and not every request will be accepted.
Note: The following instructions are based on Technology Manager (TM) access rights for a Stake Technology Specialist. Those accessing TM with a different calling or employee role may have different access rights.
- Log into https://tm.lds.org.
- The TM dashboard homepage will display all the buildings assigned to your stake, along with active firewalls and satellite receivers associated to each property.
- Click the serial number of the desired firewall to access the firewall details.
- In the firewall details click the "Tools" tab.
- In the firewall tools tab you will find the Internet Filtering Policy tool. This tool provides the following for the selected firewall:
- Current filtering policy
- Date the filtering policy was last changed
- The ability to provide feedback related to each filtering policy for review
- To provide filtering feedback, click Feedback in the Internet Policy box. This will redirect you to an online survey.
- Complete the online survey and click on the submit button at the bottom of the page.