Digital Reputation

Children with Internet-connected and camera-enabled devices can often be caught out when the technology outranks their maturity and their ability to see the future consequences of their actions.

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Taking control of your home Internet

In this article, I want to provide some solutions to one of the biggest challenges we have with technology both in and outside the home.

Our policy regarding technology with our one-to-one program has always been “Your house, your rules”, however, we know with shared parenting arrangements or working families, this can be a challenge when regulating the Internet.

There are a couple of products on the market that can help you regain control of your home Internet to keep your family safe. They range in complexity and price and in this article I’ll highlight two that have come to my attention.

Koalasafe

This product is designed for home Internet use only and is a one-off cost for the Koalasafe unit that plugs into your router and creates a standalone wireless access point. You plug it in, turn it on and then pair it with a free app you download to your phone.

At the time of writing, it comes in two varieties, a $US99 version which is designed for smaller households with less tech connected to it.  The second option, “The Dome” is a high-speed version retailing for $US150.

The website is https://koalasafe.com/ if you want to get a hold of one.

There is documentation on how to install the product on their website and while we are happy to pass on information about this great product, we cannot offer technical support. Please direct your inquiries to the Koalasafe people if you need further assistance.


Family zone

This uniquely Australian product was highly recommended at the recent Resilient Kids conference by Susan McLean, Australia’s leading cybersafety expert.

Family zone goes further than Koalasafe because it takes Internet safety beyond the home with the devices that students carry with them.

Family zone also has an ongoing cost of around $A6 per month for this service as well the opportunity to purchase a unit similar to the high-end Koalasafe one that currently retails for $A89.

For more information about their pricing tiers and a free trial, click here. You’ll also find some helpful articles around these types of topics on their website.

 

 

 

 

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We know of many students in lower and lower grades that have social media accounts either with or without parent consent. There are a couple of reasons why this is concerning.

The first reason is that under the US COPPA (1998) law, these organisations are legally in breach if they have collected information of children under the age of 13.

The second reason is that we have seen from personal experience that many children both under and over thirteen have demonstrated that they don’t have the maturity to handle social media in a safe, smart and responsible way. This has unfortunately led to an increase in online bullying, body and self image issues that are really hurting our kids.

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