Canvas for Parents

Creating an account and observing a student

As a parent or guardian, you can register for a free Canvas user account and observe a student’s progress. Canvas can be accessed online using the following Url:

Before you begin, make sure you have your child’s Canvas login details as you’ll need them to setup your account.

Load Canvas in a web browser using the link above and click on the “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here for an Account” Link.


You will now be prompted to enter your details and your child’s login information:

  • Your Name – Your full name
  • Your Email – Your email address. This will become your username.
  • Child’s Username – Your child’s SMGS email address.
  • Child’s Password – The password your child uses to access Canvas.


Once you’ve entered the information above, tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions then click “Start Participating”.


You should be automatically logged into Canvas and prompted to set a password for your account. Click the “Get Started” button to load close the window and load the Canvas dashboard.


You should receive an email from Canvas confirming your account. Click the “Click here to finish the registration process” link.


Enter a password for your account and select your time zone. Click the “Register” button to complete your account.


You will now be taken to the Canvas Dashboard. Any courses that your child is enrolled in will be displayed on the Dashboard.


Observing a student from an existing Canvas account

Log into your existing SMGS Canvas account at the following address:

This will bring you to your Dashboard page.

SMGS Canvas Support

Click the “Account” option from the left side menu then select “Settings”.

SMGS Canvas Support

Click on the “Observing” link.

SMGS Canvas Support

This screen will show you the students that you are currently observing. To observer another student, enter their Canvas username and password then click “+ Student”.

SMGS Canvas Support