A school community approach to cyber safety.
Because they're worth it.
Message from the Invercargill Middle School Leadership team
Kia ora whānau,
Digital technology has opened up a world of exciting possibilities and we want to teach our children how to manage the risks and understand their responsibilities that come with the opportunities.
We seek to provide a safe environment for children to explore the internet and the technologies available. At the same time, we want to teach them about the possible dangers of technology so that they are self-managed and prepared for the future, wherever they are and whatever they do.
While our school provides a safe network, we are now able to offer safe internet access when students are off the school network, at home, or on mobile data.
We have 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 for all of us and Family Zone is a platform to enable us to do so and in a way that is at a low or no cost to you.
To make the most of this:
Watch the videos below, and read the information under each one which explains things in more detail.
Activate your Family Zone account through the email you've been sent. If you did not receive the email, please contact email@example.com
Follow the steps in the section 'How to install Mobile Zone' to get it running on your child's device.
If you have any questions or would like assistance in setting up the platform then please contact the school office.
The Leadership Team
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.
PARENT EVENING - CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION
You can download a copy of the presentation here.
We are going to offer 50 FREE Family Packs to year 4/5 students.
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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