Teenagers Having Devices with
Many junior high students feel they are ready for the responsibility of having their own personal computer, but parents may have some reservations. Having a personal laptop is a bit trickier for parents than the family desktop computer that might live in a public space of your home. Laptops can be damaged more easily because of their portability, which also makes them easy targets for theft. Losing and forgetting cords is common, charging them daily becomes a priority, and of course the ease of using the laptop in private spaces increases.
Here are some suggestions, and links to some wonderful resources that should be read and considered before determining if your child is ready to receive a laptop and to bring it to school daily.
Before your purchase, have in place a list of
general rules governing the use of the
their possible new laptop, and any
smart phones they may use.
on your refrigerator
about the rules.
A few ideas to get you started:
“The primary goal of COPPA and the Rule is to place parents in control over what information is collected from
their young children online. The Rule was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. “ http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
Have the “TALK”.
Talk your kids about appropriate use of the Internet, internet manners, p2p file sharing, social networks, text, sexting, cyberbullying, etc. The resource Net Cetera from OnGuard OnLine is a great guide. It includes all you need to know in a clear friendly format. http://onguardonline.gov/articles/tec04_1.pdf
For more information about specific MEVSD policies.
For more information about responsible computing and kids please try these resources.
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