Last Thursday our whole school celebrated Easter with a whole school Easter Hat Parade. The hats were a riot of colour with many creative designs. Students and teachers got into the groove inspired by Mrs Enright's upbeat music selection. Big thanks to all the parents who supported this fun event. A few students recorded the event using the iPad cameras and we obtained some priceless footage of a very happy positive event. Keep checking the class blogs as some of this is bound to find it's way to them.
Many students in years 3-6 are bringing in their own Digital Devices. iPads and iPod Touches are particularly popular. One of the nice things about the Apple iTunes Store is that all content is rated in a similar way to movies and TV programs. In the Settings there is a Restrictions function. This allows you to configure the device to ensure that your child is only able to access appropriate content. Parents can set a password to protect these settings. Ratings can be set for Music, TV Shows, Movies, Books and Apps. The only thing we ask for school devices is that Safari is left active because this is necessary to access the internet and our advanced cyber safety filters at school. The two minute video link below shows how it is done:
The family PCs and Laptops also have safety filter provision. In Control Panels on Windows, and System Preferences on MacOS there are settings in the local Accounts configuration that feature Family safety Controls. A good way to set this up on a computer that has more than one family member using it is to create a separate local account for each family member. A quick Google of You Tube should turn up a how to for your particular computer(s).
We are planning to put a how to instruction set for these things on the website in the near future.
On the topic of filters, all student internet access at school is directed through a portal to sites that have been certified as OK by our screening team. All other sites are blocked. For instance, You Tube can be viewed and shown by teachers, but students do not have access to You Tube at school at the present time. Teachers can request educationally valid sites be unblocked, just as they can request an inappropriate site that slips through the safety net to be blocked. Fortunately this is a rare occurrence. We also have school based software that can block any site as needed.
In addition to these protections, we also actively teach cyber safety as part of our curriculum.