Our Lady of Providence recognizes that with new technologies come new challenges to both teachers and parents. Below is a series of suggestions drawn from a wide variety of professional sources that may aid you, the parent, in effectively guiding your child’s use of the iPad.
- Take extra steps to protect your child. Encourage your child to use and store the iPad in an open area of your home, such as the kitchen or family room, so you can monitor what your child is doing online. Use the Internet with your child to help develop safe surfing habits. Children often model adult behavior.
- Go where your child goes online. Monitor the places that your child visits. Let your child know that you’re there, and help teach her/him how to act as s/he works and socializes online.
- Review your child’s friends list. You may want to limit your child’s online “friends” to people your child actually knows and is working with in real life.
- Understand sites’ privacy policies. Internet sites should spell out your rights to review and delete your child’s information.
- Limit the time your student is on the iPad. While the iPad is a very engaging device, it is a school work device. Care and constant monitoring will reduce your child’s exposure to excessive use.
- Report unwelcome or malicious online threats. Report in a timely fashion to the school any online interactions that can be considered threatening.
- Help your child develop a routine. Many parents have found success by helping create a routine for their child’s technology use. Define a routine as to how the iPad is cared for and when and where its use is appropriate.
- Take a look at the apps or programs. It is to the advantage of the students, parents, and school that the parents have a working understanding of the programs and student work found on the iPad.
- Read and share with your child the Providence iPad use policies. By reading and discussing the use policies, you can create a clear set of expectations and limitations for your child.
Social Networking Information
As children, teenagers, and young adults become more engaged with the technology of “Social Networking,” we want to encourage parents/guardians, students, and staff to view the following resources.
Please take some time with your child to browse this website and discuss together its content. It is very critical that parents/guardians are aware of what their children are viewing, reading, and sending on these Social Networking sites. This is a great teachable moment/opportunity to assist your child with both the benefits and concerns of social networking.
Please click the link below to acquire this very beneficial information.
Facebook Safety Center: www.facebook.com/safety/
Google Family Safety Center: http://www.google.com/familysafety/