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'Bring Your Own Digital Distraction' - BYOD and the new curriculum

While digital technology shapes the modern learning environment, teachers are increasingly dealing with digital distraction in the classroom.

A recent analysis of over 260 schools showed that one-third of secondary school students have attempted to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to bypass the default internet filtering system. The rapid uptake of 3G/4G smartphones also means more students are able to sidestep school internet policies altogether.

Making student internet management easy

High-trust online environments operate on a ‘visibility for accountability’ model. Family Zone offers the flexibility to allow IT teams to set filtering policies, and teachers to control classroom internet use. With real-time visibility over network use, teachers can support their students to stay on task, while maintaining freedom  to innovate in ways relevant to their learning outcomes.

Creating a culture of visibility and accountability is important to both support the success of the modern learning environment, and to keep the temptations of digital distraction at bay.

How is Family Zone different to standard internet management?

Family Zone specialises in the education sector, and takes an innovative approach to student internet management, including:

  • Individual user authentication, with the ability to personalise internet access.
  • Teacher dashboard for classroom control of internet use.
  • Machine learning to identify unusual patterns of behaviour across all schools and block unusual activity, including VPNs used to bypass default school internet filtering  

 With large numbers of students now easily able to bypass default school internet filtering, a proactive approach is required to keep our children safe online. Family Zone offers schools and parent communities an integrated solution, connecting student internet management in the classroom with the Mobile Zone parental control app to provide age-appropriate boundaries.

This ecosystem approach solves a looming problem for schools, teachers and parents. Taking a holistic approach to student internet management means age-appropriate guidelines can be enforced across all devices, whether on the school network or out and about.

This is a new digital world, and schools need to set both teachers and students up for success. Family Zone Education Solutions are easy to set up and manage. Visit us today to learn more about student internet management options at your school at https://www.familyzone.com/schools.

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Topics: Cyber Safety, vpn, schools, BYOD, e-learning, classroom management, digital learning

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