Welcome to the PLC Sydney School Zone Community

In the last 12 months, a disturbing trend has begun to emerge. Mobile technology has become ubiquitous in our school community. The students are focusing more and more on social media as a means of communication and entertainment during recess, lunch and even between classes. Whilst we acknowledge that there are many benefits to mobile technology which allows for easy communication, we are becoming increasingly concerned with the impact of social media (which is by and large facilitated by mobile technology), on the social and emotional and learning outcomes of our students.
 
There is growing research which links the excessive use of social media with poor wellbeing outcomes, sleep hygiene issues and lower academic outcomes. As a result, we have reviewed and amended our current mobile phone and internet policy. 
 
In summary, PLC Sydney will be partnering with Family Zone, an internet security and cyber safety service provider, who will supply PLC Sydney with the capacity to block social media apps on mobile devices and monitor our students’ footprint on internet sites while they are at school. Registering with Family Zone will also give parents the capacity to monitor their daughter’s mobile and internet use outside of school hours and in the home. Parents will be asked to register with Family Zone as a parent of PLC. Every student in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be required to have the Family Zone monitoring app downloaded and registered with PLC Family Zone before they bring their mobile devices to school. This includes iPads used in the Junior School. Parents will incur no cost for registering with Family Zone and using its services.

How to sign up and subscribe

At this stage you need to create an account and subscribe through clicking SIGN UP NOW on this page.

Exclusive school community offer

PLC families will receive free service until Jan 2018.

Family Zone Service

$59 per year

✔ Cyber safety for 3 children


Mobile Zone App

FREE

Download

✔ Protect smart devices on the go

$59 per year

Includes

  • Cyber safety protection for up to 3 children
  • Parental control for web, social, gaming & more
  • Safe mobile device protection on the go*

*Limited to 6 Mobile Zone Apps for filtered internet outside of home

FAQs

Family Zone

What is Family Zone?

Family Zone the company is an Australian based innovator in Cyber Safety. Family Zone provides parental control technology that can be installed by parents at home and cyber security technology that can be employed by schools. These platforms work together to allows schools and parents to work together to develop a cyber safe and cyber savvy generation.

How does it work?

School Zone is Family Zone’s cyber safety platform for schools. By enabling the community feature of School Zone, the schools get visibility into Family Zone for students.

School visibility is on an opt-in basis on (by the parent) and is only for relevant information such as apps installed on mobile device.

School Zone community ie enabled by parents (or schools) installing Family Zone’s Mobile Zone technology on their children’s devices and then opt-ing in.

Family Zone then connects the school and home reporting systems.

That’s it.

What is a Cyber Expert?

The use of connected technology is changing so fast. Risks emerge daily and few parents can keep up. Understanding this challenge we have teamed up with trusted Cyber Experts. By choosing a Cyber Expert you adopt their recommendations and take advantage of their ongoing efforts to identify and limit the threats to your kids, which means one less thing you have to worry about! Of course you can do-it-yourself, however we strongly recommend you benefit from the experience of Cyber Experts. To find out more, check out our Cyber Experts page.

Will Family Zone slow down the internet?

No. Family Zone uses an innovative ‘fast filtering technology’ on the Home Networking service. The effect of the Family Zone filters should be imperceptible to most users. Family Zone also by default does not block or track adult users. And our Box includes an Unfiltered WiFi network so adults, media devices or whatever else you choose can be easily set to bypass the Family Zone entirely.

School Zone

Why is the school doing this?

Recent research suggests that:

  • 81% of teen girls are pressured to share nudes
  • 90% of teen boys visit porn sites
  • 4% of teen boys have problem gambling
  • Less than 25% of teens get sufficient sleep
  • 45% of pre-teens use unsafe social apps
  • 70% of teens say they’ve been exposed to cyberbullying

We’re doing this because the welfare and educational outcomes of our students require it.

School Zone Community

What is the School Zone Community?

School Zone is Family Zone’s cyber safety platform for schools. By enabling the community feature of School Zone, the schools get visibility into Family Zone.

School Zone Community is this enablement of the interaction of Family Zone’s at school, at home and on mobile device platforms.

By partnering with the School Zone Community initiative schools are able to work with parents on a holistic approach to cyber safety.

School visibility is on an opt-in basis on (by the parent) and is only for relevant information such as apps installed on mobile device.

What is expected of parents?

We have simple message for parents. We expect parents to:

  • Engage with their kids use of technology
  • Monitor their kids use of technology and enforce rules
  • Participate in school cyber safety programmes
  • Implement parental controls on any device that could come to school

We also urge parents to implement parental controls at home.

School Community provides a common platform for schools and parents to work together in cyber safety

 

The Family Zone Ecosystem

Family Zone’s innovative cyber safety platform has been chosen by over 180 of Australia’s premier schools and is used by over 200,000 families every day.

 

With the support of cyber experts

The Family Zone platform allows you and the school to work with Cyber Experts to obtain specialist advice on the latest apps, sites and trends plus custom designed age‑appropriate settings.

 

what our customers say

What we hoped to gain was cyber safety. And that was achieved. What we didn’t expect was our kids' changing relationship with their devices. The time management aspect of Family Zone (Sleep & Play & School) means we no longer have arguments. They have now almost lost interest in their devices. They play board games with each other and actually do homework. TRANSFORMING!!!!!!

Nicole, Australia

Very glad to have come across this product. It is part of my connectivity group now and fits right in. I feel very safe with my kids on their iPads. I know that Family Zone is there watching over them!! Great work!

Jeffrey D R, USA

The very best thing about Family Zone so far: peace of mind. I finally feel like I don’t have to hover over my 8 year old daughter’s shoulder at all times to see what she’s doing online. It’s such a relief to know that this device keeps her safe online.

Michael K, USA

FAQs

What is Family Zone?

Family Zone the company is an Australian based Cyber Safety provider.

Family Zone provides parental control technology that can be installed by parents at home and cyber security technology that can be employed by schools. These platforms work together to allows schools and parents to work together to develop a cyber safe and cyber savvy generation.

What is the School Community?

School Community is a feature of Family Zone’s home and school services. The school community feature allows the at home, on mobile and school services to work together.

Visibility for schools and parents is made on an opt-in basis on (by the parent) and is only for relevant information such as apps installed on mobile device.

How does it work?

School Zone is Family Zone’s cyber safety platform for schools. By enabling the community feature of School Zone, the schools get visibility into Family Zone for students.

School visibility is on an opt-in basis on (by the parent) and is only for relevant information such as apps installed on mobile device.

School Zone community ie enabled by parents (or schools) installing Family Zone’s Mobile Zone technology on their children’s devices.

Family Zone then connects the school and home reporting systems.

That’s it.

Why is the school doing this?

Recent research suggests that:

  • 81% of teen girls are pressured to share nudes
  • 90% of teen boys visit porn sites
  • 4% of teen boys have problem gambling
  • Less than 25% of teens get sufficient sleep
  • 45% of pre-teens use unsafe social apps
  • 70% of teens say they’ve been exposed to cyberbullying

We’re doing this because the welfare and educational outcomes of our students require it.

What is expected of parents?

We have simple message for parents. We expect parents to:

  • Engage with their kids use of technology
  • Monitor their kids use of technology and enforce rules
  • Participate in school cyber safety programmes
  • To implement parental controls on any device that could come to school.

We also urge parents to implement parental controls at home.

What is expected of students?

Our school has very clear guidelines and policies on acceptable use of technology. Students are expected to comply with these rules and participate in the school’s cybersafety and digital citizenship efforts.

Can I opt out?

You are not required to have a Family Zone account however in such circumstances personal devices of your children are not permitted at school.

Within Family Zone you can opt out of sharing information with the school.

What is a Cyber Expert?

The Family Zone platform offers parents and schools the ability to work with professional cyber safety experts to create recommend policy settings, support material and advice.

Family Zone calls them Cyber Experts and they’re of enormous value because the use of connected technology is changing so fast. Risks emerge daily and few parents can keep up.

We strongly recommend you choose our recommended Cyber Expert and subscribe to their cyber safety package in Family Zone.

Can I cancel Family Zone?

Yes you can however in such circumstances personal devices of your children are not permitted at school.

Who do I call for help?

Please visit the the contacts page.

Can I use another parental control system?

Yes you may however in such circumstances personal devices of your children are not permitted at school.

How can I find out more about Family Zone?

Contacts

Family Zone

Got a question? Need help?

Visit: www.familyzone.com
Email: support@familyzone.com

Call us
From Aus: 1300 398 326 (local call)
From overseas: +613 4000 0044

Support hours
6:00am to 8:00pm AWST
7 days per week

Book a call to help set up Family Zone.

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Boundary Street,
Croydon NSW 2132, Australia

Phone: (+612) 9704 5666
Email: enquiries@plc.nsw.edu.au

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