Safety at home: supporting parents
We have had an incredibly successful history of responsible technology usage at North Melbourne Primary School. We have established a safe environment for students to explore how to use technology responsibly. When technology is used, it is supervised and the internet is filtered by the Department of Education.
For many parents, this will be the first time their child has access to an Internet capable device. If you have the internet at home, set the expectation that your child shows you what they are doing online. If they are reluctant to show you their iPad or specific apps, there may be a reason. The small number of issues we have experienced had the following things in common:
- They occur outside of school hours (e.g unsupervised at home, or a friends house or the technology was being used in a private space such as the bedroom).
- They involve Mobile phones (students see iPads as "school" related so are less likely to use them irresponsibly).
- They are social media related (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Messages, Skype, Group chat functions on games) and their accounts were not being supervised by parents.
Using Apple Screen Time to manage your child's device (IOS 12+)
Any iPad running IOS 12 can be managed by Apple Screen Time which allows parents to control access to various apps and web content using a private passcode. Full instructions can be found on the Apple website, however the following video shows how to set it up.
How to restrict Messages & Facetime without using Apple Screen Time
This is another way of restricting Messages and Facetime.
We strongly recommend that parents ensure they have set up a safe environment for technology use at home.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Do I have to join the iPad program? No, it is an optional program. If you choose not to participate, your child will be provided with shared access to technology at school and will not be disadvantaged in any way.
- Which iPad should I buy? An iPad running IOS 12 and with 32GB+ of storage space available for school use.
- Can my child bring an Android or generic tablet? Unfortunately we not yet able to set up Android or generic devices at school. One solution is that your child uses a school iPad when at school and we can provide log in details to the main apps/websites we use at school to enable access at home.
- My child already has an iPad, can we use that? Yes providing it is running IOS 12+. Please ensure there is enough storage space on it for school use.
- What apps should I purchase and install so I am ready for school? None. The school provides all apps.
- Do I need to create an Apple ID or any other accounts? No. An Apple ID is not required for school. However, if you wish to set up Apple Screen Time for home, an Apple ID is required.
- Will the iPad be safe at school? The school is a safe place however we accept no responsibility for any damage or loss of iPads and recommends that parents ensure their devices are fully covered by their home insurance. We also recommend parents set up iCloud on their Apple Devices which helps locate devices if they are misplaced.
- Will my child be using the iPad all day? No. Just like pencils, paper, concrete materials, books, rulers and calculators, iPads are one of many tools used to help students learn. During unit planning, teaching teams carefully consider which tools can be used to enhance or personalise student learning.
- What about handwriting? Students will continue to write with paper and pencils and work to improve their handwriting.
- I’m concerned about internet safety? Please read the safety section above. The easiest way to reduce risks is to Set up Apple Screen Time, restrict 13+ apps, monitor your child’s iPad use and keep the device in shared areas of the home.
- What kind of things will my child be using technology for? As a general guide, technology lends itself to creative responses, reading & research. Technology is also an important tool for personalising learning. In other learning areas they are most likely to be used when capturing their learning, recording a thought, explaining a concept, or creating a project.
- Where do I go for technical support? Believe it or not, but restarting an iPad or restoring it to factory settings fixes most problems. The Apple support page is without doubt the most comprehensive support available and should be the first place to look when troubleshooting. You can also contact our school ICT Technician: Simon email@example.com
- What if my question isn’t answered here? Please ask Joe or email firstname.lastname@example.org