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    District Online Safety and iPad Protection Strategies

    • The district has a handbook online that outlines student expectations for using the iPad around four key areas:
    1. Be Responsible
    2. Be Safe
    3. Be Productive
    4. Be Respectful
  • These four “Be’s” are also listed on the Student Technology Use Agreement that students and parents sign annuallly.

    • “Student iPad Safety” Public Awareness Campaign: Through a partnership with the Saint Paul Police Department, in 2015 the school district launched a broad public awareness campaign to highlight the iPad's anti-theft features and ways that students can protect their iPad from being stolen (these tips are also listed in the handbook).
    • Digital Citizenship: Teachers provide an age-appropriate Digital Citizenship course for all students to teach online safety so they can learn how to safely navigate the web.
    • Content filters: The district has installed Internet content filters on the district network to protect children of all ages from being able to access inappropriate website content when using the iPad at school (see a list  below of filtering software for home use under Parent Resources).
    • Student and data privacy: SPPS is compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law protecting children under thirteen from data mining and advertisement.  Apps and websites available for student use are vetted to ensure their privacy policies are follow COPPA regulations.

    iPad Anti-Theft Features

    These iPad features protect student data and make the iPad an undesirable item for theft and make the iPad useless to anyone who steals it:

    • Mobile Device Management System: When an iPad is reported stolen, SPPS will remotely lock the iPad so it is useless and any data cannot be accessed.
    • Built-in iPad data protection features: iPads are encrypted with a passcode to ensure data privacy. When a passcode is entered too many times on an iPad, it is automatically disabled.

    These security features mean that another person CANNOT RECONFIGURE THE IPAD FOR THEIR OWN USE.

    Parent Resources

    • SPPS “Student and Family iPad Handbook”
    • Student Technology Use Agreement (see right-hand side-bar for the age-appropriate agreement, e.g. (PreK-5; grades 6/12))
    • Common Sense Media: topics covered include Parent Concerns; Privacy and Internet Safety; Social Media; Monitoring  Screen Time; Family Agreement.
    • Internet Filtering Software:
      • OpenDNS Home: Free home filtering solution with flexible and customizable parental controls. Filter internet connections for every device on your home network, including iPads, computers, and gaming devices.
      • OpenDNS Family Shield: Free, pre-configured home filtering solution that blocks access to adult content.
      • SafeEyes: This software is available for purchase from many vendors; do an Internet search on "SafeEyes" to find the best prices.
      • NetNanny: This software is available for purchase.