Set and communicate clear expectations for your child about the use of the iPad. Common Sense Media Family Agreement provides an age-appropriate checklist that can be used to guide conversations with your child about responsible use of media and technology.
The iPad is a great tool for learning, but it also has the potential to be a distraction. Adult supervision and clear expectations for appropriate use are critical.
When the device is at school on the district network, internet access is managed with industry standard content filtering tools in as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Content filtering tools cannot guarantee that all undesirable content is blocked. Teachers and staff make every effort to monitor online activity during school hours. When the device is used at home or on a public WiFi network, students have unrestricted access to the Internet, including inappropriate websites and content. Parents with a home wireless network can filter it by installing special filtering software. Some software, such as OpenDNS Home and OpenDNS Family Shield, are free; others such as SafeEyes and NetNanny may need to be purchased. Many cell phone and cable providers also offer filtering solutions. Simply do a Google search with your internet provider’s name and the terms “Parental Controls,” such as “Cox Parental Controls,” to learn more.
We encourage parents and guardians to use the iPad to monitor student academic progress. Ask your students to show you what they have learned and created with the iPad, and discuss how they use the device at school (Google Drive, PowerSchool Learning, RazKids, iXL, etc). Infinite Campus Mobile App and PowerSchool Learning App are available to parents for monitoring student assignments and grades. Please check with your child how they login to these apps.
Email Communications Parents may also use the Safari browser app to log in to their personal email account to send emails to their child’s teacher(s). Parents and guardians should not add a personal email account to the iPad’s built- in Mail app because personal emails may be visible to anyone who accesses the device.