When using online resources with your child, please make sure that you exercise caution as you do with any other family Internet usage. Please note that the apps, online games, online learning resources presented are third party tools and content (that are subject to change) and the school cannot take responsibility for things such as age-inappropriate ads, advertisement for in-app purchases, links to any other websites and content that could be potentially age-inappropriate, etc.
For this reason, In order to ensure that your child is using such tools and resources in an appropriate manner, please make sure that you take the following precautions.
- Always keep your children under strict parental supervision when they are using the Internet whether on a standalone computer, tablet computer, or other mobile device. Even if you are unable to keep you children under constant supervision, periodically check in on them to make sure they are using the Internet responsibly, and to encourage parent-child communication, have them explain to you what they are doing while they are online (for example, even when playing an educational game, ask them what the goal of the game is, how they are doing at the game, and what they think they are learning by playing the game).
- When letting you children use iOS or Android apps (for you iPad or Android tablets), whenever possible please disconnect the device from the Internet by disabling WiFi on your device and setting your device to Airplane Mode to prevent distracting and potentially age inappropriate ads from being displayed.
- l Before allowing your child to use any of the online games, apps, or other online learning resources, try them out on your own (without you child present) and check them to make sure that they are appropriate for your child, or if there is any potentially objectionable content or ads, or links to outside websites that could contain such content.
- There are many third party tools available that you can use to make your computer, web browser, tablet computer, or mobile device more child friendly. Although the school cannot take responsibility for such third party tools, some examples of such tools or features are Adblock Plus (for Firefox and Chrome), Kids Place (a child friendly app launcher for Android), Guided Access Mode for iPads and iPhones, and parental control features for Windows 7 and 8.
- Above all, open, honest, and clear communication and a relationship based on trust is the most important thing to ensure that your child uses these online resources in a responsible manner.