Here are some suggestions:
- Communicate expectations for the types of resources your student accesses online and for interacting with others online in a kind, respectful, and safe manner.
- Only allow electronic device use in common rooms of the home (e.g. living room or kitchen) and not in bedrooms.
- Develop a set of rules/expectations for electronic device use at home. Take a look at the American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Use Plan tool and the Family Media Agreement and Device Contract from Common Sense Media for ideas and examples.
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in what your child is doing on the device. Ask questions and request to see their work often.
- Ask a teacher for your child’s Schoology Parent Access Code so you can track progress and see your child’s completed work.
- Investigate and apply parental controls available through your Internet Service Provider and/or your wireless router.
- Put all electronic devices “to bed” for the night at a designated time. This is a great way to ensure the Chromebook is charged nightly.
- Turn off your home WiFi at appropriate times. Many of the Chromebook and other device features require an Internet connection to function. When offline, the Chromebook can access the Google Docs suite and not much more. Turning off your home WiFi at night can prevent late night YouTube sessions, or chatting with friends at inappropriate times.
The web filtering provided on Chromebooks is consistent with both Federal regulations (CIPA), as well as current community standards and sites considered unsafe to visit (e.g. malware, proxy sites). We use a tool called Securly for filtering the devices when they are both at school and at home. The web filtering categories currently blocked include the following:
- Non-educational games
- Guns and weapons
- Adult content
- Porn/nudity/child porn
- Violence and hate
All computers/devices on the district's network are subject to the web filter. As Chromebooks travel home with students, there is programming on them that forces them to utilize the district's filter when not on the district's network (i.e. at home, Starbucks).
Parents/guardians are also key partners in monitoring and keeping students safe online. Here are some helpful websites:
- Common Sense Media Parent Concerns
- Common Sense Media Privacy Evaluations
- Common Sense Media 17 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
- Common Sense Media Social Media Apps Parents Should Know About
Parents/guardians may want to formalize plans with your students regarding internet use. These agreements may help:
- American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Plan
- Common Sense Media Family Media Agreement and Device Contract
The parent/guardian is responsible for the cost of repair or replacement if the device is:
- Not returned
- Intentionally damaged
- Lost because of negligence
- Stolen, but not reported to school and/or police in a timely manner (48 hours)
Parents/guardians are encouraged to keep an eye on student use of the computer when students are not in school. The best way to keep students safe and on-task is to participate in what they are doing.