A school community approach to cyber safety.
Because they're worth it.
Dear Blockhouse Bay parents,
Digital technology has opened up a world of exciting possibilities for our
Technology provides our students with wonderful opportunities. However, devices can also negatively impact development, education, safety and health.
Our school’s goal is to protect every student from the risks associated with the internet and provide students with safe networks for learning - at school, home and everywhere in between.
While our school provides a safe network, we need your help to ensure safe internet access when students are off the school network, at home, or on mobile data.
That’s why we’ve partnered with NZ’s leading provider of cyber safety and digital-awareness services to school communities: Family Zone. Keeping our children safe online is a challenge that requires our entire school community to work together, and
Endorsed by leading cyber safety experts
Enables delivery of our access policies across the school network and on student devices
Offers both school and optional parent features allowing our school community to work together
With Family Zone, parents can opt to provide their children with the same protection they receive during school hours - at home and everywhere in between.
Removes adult content for safe searching
Manage use of social apps and in-app purchasing
Set routines for what kids can access, when - plus give devices sleep times
Expert answers to all your online safety questions
WHAT IS MOBILE ZONE?
Mobile Zone is a downloadable app/application that's installed on your child’s device.
It allows us to apply our acceptable use policies during school times and gives parents the option of parental controls after school.
FAMILY ZONE ACCOUNTS ARE REQUIRED
Parents need a Family Zone account to manage children's profiles and (optionally) manage parental control settings outside of school hours.
Our school will work with Family Zone to automatically create an account for you.
You will then receive an email from Family Zone with a link to activate your account.
CHANGES TO SCHOOL POLICY
[Insert here], for example:
All students in years 6-8 will be required to have
2. BYOD devices
All BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) devices for years 5-8 will be required to have Family Zone’s Mobile Zone app/application installed.
If parents want to upgrade from a single license to a Family Pack of 6 licenses, they can upgrade their account through the Family Zone portal once they have activated their account and signed in. This is available at a special education price of $59.00 for a 1-year subscription.
HOW TO INSTALL MOBILE ZONE
NOTE: Before installing Mobile Zone, make sure you have activated your Family Zone account. You will receive an email from Family Zone with instructions. If you do not receive an email, please contact the school.
For iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets:
1. On your child's device, visit the app store (Apple App Store/ Google Play Store).
2. Search for the 'Mobile Zone' app and install it.
3. Load the app and follow the instructions to activate the app and tie it to your child's profile. You will be asked for an 'Activation Key' which you get in the Parent Portal. Sign into your Family Zone account, select 'Devices', then 'Add Device', then 'Generate Key'.
For Macbooks or Windows laptops: click
1. Sign into the Chromebook as your child using their school credentials.
If your child also uses their own Google account on their Chromebook (@gmail.com account), please also follow the Chromebook instructions here to make sure they are protected when signed in with their personal Gmail account. The Mobile Zone extension must be activated for each Google account your child uses on their device.
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