As new technologies continue to change the world we live in, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth and to build/enhance effective learning partnerships with home, students at Broadlands School may bring their own iPad to school.
It is preferred that iPads are bought through Noel Leeming Rotorua as iPads are enrolled on our Mobile Device Management system directly through them. A bought device should then be brought to school unopened (please do not set up at home) and be given directly to our Deputy Principal and ICT Lead Teacher, Ms van der Spuy for the final setting up stage.Students and parents/caregivers/whānau participating in BYOD must agree to the ‘NetSafe’s Responsible Use Agreement for Students (September, 2012), our ‘BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement’ as well as all Board policies / protocol.Additionally, technology may only be used to access Google Docs, Google Classroom and internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Games are not permitted.Students will not be expected to, or allowed to, share their device with anyone else.
A VERY important message and warning for Parents / Whānau
Are you aware of how your child is using his / her / your device?
Learning how to use devices and the Internet safely is an important life skill…
At some point, your child will be using a device / going online without your supervision. And just as you need to know that your child understands basic safety rules before you’ll allow him to cross the street alone, you should be assured that your child is prepared for whatever he or she may encounter using a device (iPad / tablet / phone / computer).
The best way to help your child stay safe while using a device is for you to become familiar with the apps (many not age appropriate) your child may download, games your child may play and to learn for yourself about the places he/she are visiting. Spend time on the games / sites and play the games yourself.
You may be tempted to shield your child from it for as long as possible. However, devices and the Internet is woven so tightly into our daily lives that we all need to become comfortable with it.
Ensure that the relationship, communication and social connection is between yourself and your child (that is, real people) and NOT between your child and the device.
Please help us educate your child and support us / them by doing your bit at home.
WARNING: Please be aware of these inappropriate apps or sites:
‘Granny’, ‘Fortnite’ (Apps)‘ and ‘Jimi Jackson’ (YouTube)
Tips: Visit Common Sense Media, where you can search for App / Game / Website Reviews by age group
Visit Netsafe (online safety for New Zealand) for a quick guide for everyone on how to stay safe online
Momo Challenges advisory
Netsafe has received reports relating to young people who have been exposed to a harmful online “game” known as the Momo Challenge. Although we have not received any reports of young people in New Zealand taking part in the “challenge”, we are aware that some young people have seen content relating to Momo and have been very upset by the content and imagery. There has also been talk about whether this “challenge” is real or a hoax. Regardless of whether the actual challenge itself exists, individuals who come across Momo related content may experience emotional distress at seeing it – particularly younger children.
Netsafe encourages anyone that comes across content relating to the Momo Challenge or other similar ‘challenge’ content to immediately report it to the social media site or website that it’s on. In New Zealand, it is against the law to incite another person to take their own life. If somebody is targeting a young person to play this “game”, or attempting to incite suicide, you should contact the Police and Netsafe for help, and a mental health service for support. Netsafe can also provide advice for any parents who are concerned about this challenge. If young people are expressing feelings about self-harm or suicide then this should be followed up with appropriate mental health support.
Netsafe’s advice for parents about exposure to upsetting content:
- Have a conversation with young people about what to do if they do come across upsetting content online
- Let your child know that they can come to you when they find something upsetting and they won’t get in trouble
- Stay calm if they do come to you – don’t assign blame, reassure them that it’s not their fault and don’t punish them for seeking help
- Normalise their feelings – let them know that it is normal to feel scared, confused or upset
- Don’t over-react by taking away the technology – this may make them less likely to talk to you if something else happens
- For young children in particular, consider using parental controls to block out specific keywords like “Momo”
- If you or your child comes across this type of content report it to the platform that it’s on
- If your child is expressing any concerning feelings, follow up with mental health support
- If you know that a young person has been engaging in this challenge, report it to the Police and Netsafe, and contact a mental health service for support.