BYOD & Internet Safety

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N4L - our school internet provider

N4L (Network for Learning) is a government managed network, providing digital content (the Internet) to help teachers and students navigate the complexities of learning in the 21st century. This provides fast and free internet access to the school.

The school is subject to N4L filtering and other protocols.

To further enable secure connections and filtering we highly recommend that Waihopai School's filtering certificate be installed on your child's BYOD device. This certificate is installed on all school owned computers and devices to ensure maximum security and filtering.

BYOD Waihopai School Filtering Certificate.


Click image to download and install on your child's device.

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Top Tech Tip #6

N4L (Network For Learning) our school filter for home devices If you would like to have a filter on your child's home device, you can download a filter from our School Website. Log onto your child's device and go to the Waihopai School website. Go to school the information tab and click on BYOD internet safety Then on the BYOD Waihopai School filtering Certificate click on the image N4L When you do this, no preview will be available, you can download it and install it and your child's device will be filtered by N4L. This will prevent most unwanted content being displayed on their device.

Please ensure you have joined your child's class on seesaw to get updates about their current learning and possible future learning.

Top tech tip # 4

Create a family media agreement Netsafe wants all Kiwi kids and their families to have a safe and positive time while using the internet and devices. It can be useful for families to agree on some guidelines so this can be done. www.netsafe.org.nz/make-a-plan A media agreement can have more impact when children contribute their own ideas. This agreement might include designated tech-free zones such as cars, meals, bathrooms and bedrooms. Many experts recommend these areas as key places to avoid using devices. Keeping devices “in view” in common household areas is an essential internet safety strategy for many families.

Top tech tip # 3

Remember, you’re in charge.

At the end of the day, remember you’re the parent. Set boundaries and consider using filtering software and parental controls on devices (but be aware that this is only part of the solution).

There are a lot of options for parental controls on the market. Two helpful websites that can help you figure out what might work for your family are below

www.netsafe.org.nz/filters/

www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-parental-controls

Top Tech Tip #2

Take an interest in your child’s online world

Talk to your child about what they’re doing online. Take an interest in their interests and consider co-viewing or co-creating with them from time to time.

Ensure you’re familiar with your child’s favourite apps or websites. Find out how they work and what they’re getting out of them.

These two websites have easy-to-read summaries of popular sites, apps, and social media:

www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/esafety-guide

www.netsafe.org.nz/online-safety-for-parents/

Top tech tip #1

Don’t ban your child from using technology

The media is full of scary stories about online risks for young people. However, it’s important to not let potential problems stop you from letting your child use technology for their education and personal interests.

We live in a digital world and that’s not about to change. We need to remember that technology can enrich our lives in many ways when used well. Risks can be minimised when the whole household agrees to some solid strategies.