School is back and most kids have settled in for (their very first or) another school year . Things have certainly changed from my school days.
Pencils, paper and blackboards, not so much – iPads, computers and electronic whiteboards are pretty much the go these days. So with many students bringing there own mobile devices to school what can parents do to manage their child’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Activity?
Recent research by Softlink^ revealed that 30 per cent of all Australian schools encourage students to bring their own devices, while 14 per cent of Australian schools encourage the use of personal mobile devices in and outside the classroom.
McAfee’s Cybermum, Alex Merton-McCann has put together the following tips for safe and effective usage of BYOD’s for the new school year.
Device ownership: Understand who owns the device and what your responsibilities are for taking care of it throughout the year
Insurance: Ensure you understand the associated insurance policy and what your are liable to pay if you child loses or breaks it
Security: Install security software such as McAfee LiveSafe which gives protection across all your devices, and additional parental controls
Consider a code of conduct with your child: Does your child’s school insist on a code of conduct for your child? If so, make sure you read, understand and implement it
Make your child aware of what is appropriate: Your child will have access to devices away from your supervision, so reiterate that the same rules apply in school as at home in terms of what content they can access
Data plans: Don’t rush to buy your child a data plan for their device. The school will probably provide Wi-Fi, which should be filtered, and they can also tap into the Wi-Fi at home. This saves you time and means you have more control over where and when they can access the internet
Charging: Most schools will insist that devices need to come to school fully charged. Introduce a charging zone at home
Repairs: Understand how these will be managed and if there is a warranty with the device
Alex Merton McCann is the McAfee Cybermum and you can check out her blog here. Alex has a heap of information to help keep families safe online.