Managing Devices and Online Safety
Responsible Remote Learning
We understand that this time of remote learning is an uncharted territory for you. All of us have been working diligently to equip you and your student with everything that you need in these coming weeks. Before this journey gets too far, let's make sure that you and your home devices are also equipped with what you might need. Please read through this newsletter for tips and tricks to consider for this digital adventure! And please reach out to your media specialist if you have questions or need any help!
Stay safe & be well.
Practice Screen Shots
Here are the instructions for how to take a screenshot on different devices
Setting Screen Time Limits
Evaluate what your child will be doing on their device and decide if you need to set some screen time limits. Consider setting time limits on the actual device that your child will be using. If you are working from home or busy caring for others, it can be easy to lose track of time. Click on the links below for free ways that device time can be managed:
You might also want to consider using an internet filter. All of the programs listed above for managing screen time also allow you to filter what your child is able to access. You might also want to check out this list of other software that can filter (although not all of them are free). If your child is using a school device, it is already filtered through the school's network.
Even when you do have safety settings on your child's device, it is still wise to teach them to take precautions. Remind them to not go to sites that you have not approved. And if they must search online for something, encourage them to use a kids' search engines such as KidzSearch or Kiddle.
During this time of remote learning, please be even more vigilant about the apps that your kids are using and any accounts that they are making. If you are ever unsure about the safety or appropriateness of an app or web-site, look it up on Common Sense Media, which is a trusted non-profit organization that reviews thousands of web-sites, apps, movies and books.
If you feel that cyberbullying is taking place, take screenshots of the messages, block the aggressor, contact the appropriate authority and do not let your child retaliate. If it is school related, contact your principal.