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7/12/2018 0 Comments
Over the past month or so, I have had multiple discussions with clients seeking advice about devices that they must supply for their child for the 2019 school year.
The BYO policy applicable for many schools allows parents to choose to purchase either a Windows or Apple laptop for their child.
A warning if you are one of these parents. Before you hand over the new laptop to your child, consider that this laptop could open up a world of inappropriate content to your child if not set up correctly.
Don't set your child up as the computer's Administrator
My key message to parents who are setting up such devices is to ensure that the device is set up with at least two user accounts - one that will be the Administrator account that has full access to all aspects of the device, and the other that will belong to the child.
If you simply set up the device with a single account that belongs to the child (as I see all the time when assisting with student laptops), you will not be able to put in place any restrictions on what the child can see and do on this device.
This can result in the child easily coming across content that is completely inappropriate - and potentially dangerous and damaging. It also means that the child has full control over what is installed on the device - also not ideal.
Setting up Parental Controls on a Mac is fairly simple. Here is an article from Apple that covers this topic.
On a Windows computer, you must set up a Microsoft account for yourself and your child - this is what allows you to control their user account.
Ensuring Parental Controls work for your child's web browser
Something to also keep in mind when setting up these devices is whether you allow Chrome (or any other third-party web browser) to be installed on the Apple or Windows laptop.
The parental controls offered by Apple and Microsoft will only work with the default web browsers (Safari on Apple, Edge on Windows). As at the time of writing this article, Google's Chrome web browser does not offer any built-in parental controls.
Need help with any of this?
iTandCoffee will be available during the January school holidays (from 14th January) to assist with setup of your child's device.
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