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Digital Learning Task Force

The task force was be made up of students, teachers, administrators and parents with the objective of reflecting on our current LEAP initiative and helping guide the future of bond technology purchases when it comes to learning with mobile devices. Visit the Digital Learning Task Force Page.

 

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Monthly EISD newsletter with tips, tricks and other trends when it comes to technology with your kids. View Past Issues



Social Media Awareness

Photo-Sharing App Awareness
A new trend among teens with their personal use of technology. While seemingly innocent on the surface, the latest in hidden photo-sharing apps could potentially cause trouble with our youth down the road, especially in the area of “sexting.”

Tools for High School Parents
Explanation about Yik Yak and other social media apps kids are using and how they may cause harm to themselves and others. The steps you can take to help your child be aware of the dangers.
Tools for Middle School Parents
Explanation about Yik Yak and other social media apps kids are using and how they may cause harm to themselves and others. The steps you can take to help your child be aware of the dangers.

Apple ID Instructions for Parents of Students Under 13

Instructions


Resources

Pinterest board of 86 Days of Digital Learning
Parents looking for an activity for your child that is more than just gaming? This Pinterest board created by the district Ed Tech department is a wide range of activities, coding, creating, filming, and creative ways to use technology in their everyday life.

5 Quick Tips for Parents
Tips on vigilance, accountability, turn off notifications, guided access, and what to do when the first four tips have been exhasted.
How to turn on Guided Access
Guided Access allows you to disable certain apps and lock an iPad into an app.
iPad Tips 4 Parents
Tips on how parents can help manage their child's iPad
Rules of the Road for Parents
Rules for good, safe online and mobile device behavior at home
Parental Controls on the iPad
How to set up iPad Parental Controls and Content Filtering
WHS WIFI - Parents
Westlake High Schools Parent Site on iPads
Parent Concerns and Answers in a 1:1

Useful Websites

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
OnGuard Online
Provides tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your kids online.
Be Web Smart - for the analog parent in a digital world
Parental Control resources and guidance for parents who want to keep their families safe and productive on computers, iPod touch, iPad and other devices.
 

Tips

  • Explore all of the parental controls the device and decide, based on your child, which settings are appropriate. Start with the Settings>Restrictions.
  • Carefully consider whether to give your child the password to the iTunes account.
  • Think about disabling 'In-App Purchases.' This will prevent your child from unintentionally racking up endless fees. Settings>Restrictions.
  • Be aware that when you use your iTunes password, it will stay logged in allowing purchases without entering a password for about 15 minutes. To avoid this, set your account to 'Always' require a password in the Settings>Restrictions menu.
  • Try free version of an app before buying it.
  • Make sure your child stays in common areas of the house while using the iPad
  • Teach your child what is and is NOT acceptable.
  • Consider setting a daily time limit to your child's technology use.