IPads/support at home

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1 BYOD – Supporting Parents With iPads at Home

This guide is designed to assist parent/caregivers by providing basic support to help the transition of the iPad into the home more safe and secure.
As a parent, you play a vital role in assisting your child to have a safe and positive experience online. Part of that role includes providing adequate supervision, clear guidelines and appropriate follow up at home. Parents are able to restrict iPad functions with parent controls. We support parent decisions about the setting of boundaries at home but this should be done in a way that does not interfere with the learning opportunities at school and at home.

2 Tips for Supervision

2.1 Take time to talk and interact

Talking about appropriate use of technology and having conversations about the positives and negatives in each case is highly beneficial. Your child will be excited by the prospect of using an iPad at school for their learning. Take advantage of this enthusiasm and make time to sit down and talk with your child on a regular basis:

  • Ask them to show you how they are using their iPad at school.
  • Have them give you a "tutorial" on how to use one of the apps.
  • Work together to create a project using the iPad.
  • Share some fun time with your child using the iPad.

The more you talk about and experiment with your child's iPad, the more you will learn about it how it is being used and how it can best be used at home.

2.2 Set boundaries and adhere to them

Students don’t need to use the iPad all the time at home. Refer to the suggested homework set out by your child's classroom teacher to help determine when the use of technology is necessary.
The iPad should not be used in the bedroom and should only be used and charged in “communal” areas of the house. Establish where these areas are and supervise the use of technology. Sometimes a simple rearrangement of an area can facilitate this without changing routines.

3 Set iPad restrictions appropriately

A number of restrictions can be set for safety and appropriateness including:

  • Disabling a number of apps and features
  • Restricting if apps can be installed or deleted and if they can have in-app purchases.
  • Restricting the ratings for a wide range of content - this should be set to G or PG.

NOTE: It is very IMPORTANT that you set a passcode that your child does NOT know and that you WILL NOT FORGET. Please do not set the restrictions in a way that hinders the learning in the classroom. This is also a great opportunity for dialogue with your child.

4. Inspections of iPads

4.1 Regular checks and spot checks

In the Junior School a child's classroom teacher and other appropriate staff will be conducting routine and spot inspections of iPads. In the Middle School, inspections may be made by appropriate staff. These inspections are conducted to view recent iPad activity and to remind them of their responsibility. Appropriate follow-up will be made for inappropriate use. Stage 3 and year 7 parents, should also regularly inspect their child's iPad and have access to all accounts that their child uses. Beyond Year Seven it is still recommended that regular checks be made but particularly recommended that there is regular dialogue about how technology is being used.

4.2 Things to inspect and review regularly

4.2.1 Internet Browser History.

The Web browser on your child's iPad keeps a log of Web pages that have been visited in the past. By checking the Internet history, you will be able to view details of your child's recent Internet browsing. To access the Safari web browser history:

  1. 1. First, open the internet browser by tapping on the browser icon, normally located on the iPad Home Screen.
  2. 2. Tap on the Bookmark icon (top right).
  3. 3. Select the History Option.
  4. 4. You will then be presented with a list of websites accessed, listed in order of time accessed.
  5. 5. If you are unsure of the listed site, select the site name, which will then open the webpage so you are able to view. 


  • Deletion of history or use of “private browsing” or “Incognito window” should be treated as inappropriate use.
  • For online safety, monitoring and greater transparency, it is best for Stage 3 to only use Safari (and/or Airwatch) for browsing. (not Chrome or other similar apps)

4.2.2 iMessage

There should be a level of transparency with the use of iMessage for Stage 3 students and it is a good idea to check the iMessage activity regularly. To check iMessage, select the iMessage app and look through sent and received messages. For more information on iMessage visit http://www.apple.com/ios/messages/ You may prefer to not allow iMessage by not logging into iMessage in settings.

4.2.3 FaceTime:

It is recommended to turn FaceTime off for Stage 3 in the restrictions area. If it is required, then a thorough conversation needs to be undertaken about appropriate use and parameters and you should check your child's FaceTime activity to monitor who they are contacting and how often these video calls are being made. For more information on FaceTime visit http://www.apple.com/ios/facetime/

4.2.4 Email

Emails can be checked by tapping on the Mail icon and browsing through the listed emails. The Sent folder and Trash folder can also be checked at this time.

4.2.5 Apps, Music and Videos

Ensure restrictions have been set with appropriate ratings for apps, music and video content. Also make sure regular checks are undertaken of Music, video and photos. Be aware of apps that allow downloaded content within the app. A regular review of apps on your child’s device is necessary.

4.2.6 Games

Students do not need apps that are not on the School App Catalogue. Games and entertainment apps not on the App Catalogue need to be considered carefully. It is a family decision whether students are allowed age appropriate apps but if they are interfering with learning they should be removed. Likewise if apps are interfering with learning in school time then SACS staff may delete them.

4.2.7 Age Restricted Apps

Many apps like Instagram, Facebook etc. are age restricted to at least 13+ years. THESE APPS MUST NOT BE ON STUDENTS DEVICES at School for students under 13. Please note that this applies to most “social media” style apps and is written into the terms and conditions or restrictions are based on the date of birth entered when signing up.

5 Internet Filters and Restricting Wireless Router Access

Controlling access to the internet at home is vital. The best way to do this is with active supervision. Further on from this leads to options like internet filters or restrictions to wifi routers.
Internet filters provide a way to secure an internet connection and prevent access to restricted websites. Restricting routers can be done a number of ways including timed access control to restrict when devices can connect.
There are a number of individual considerations to be made in these decisions and individual research along with dialogue with other parents is recommended in investigating. Please also ensure that they are so restricted that it interferes with learning at school.
Although most filters constantly update and block inappropriate sites, on occasion inappropriate sites may be still be accessed and viewed. The nature of the internet, (new sites created every minute, sites changing names etc.) means that blocking every inappropriate site is very difficult to achieve, therefore the best filtering is supervision, sensible behaviour and dialogue.
Please be aware that these restrictions do not apply to cellular access particularly via smart phones. It is strongly recommended that phones and other devices are left to charge on a kitchen bench or other public family area.