Gaming is big money, and wildly popular. The four games Finnish mobile game developer Supercell have on the market include ‘Clash of Clans’, with more than 100 million daily active users (DAUs). And Epic Games are on a winner; in less than a year Fortnite have more than 40 million players logging in to play each month.
Schools are finding increasing numbers of students are regularly bypassing school internet filtering by using VPN’s. Schools are also finding more students using their own 3G/4G mobile devices with completely unrestricted internet access, and BYOD management is complex.
Communication sits at the heart of society, and digital communications technology (DCT) has had rapid uptake. Our kids are connected and can communicate at an unprecendented scale. Smartphones are ubiquitous, an increasing number of schools have BYOD policies, and technology enables and empowers learning in many positive ways. The challenge is to maximize the positive aspects of connection, while managing risk.
John Parsons is one of New Zealand's leading authorities on cyber-security. Highly regarded, Parsons has significant experience dealing with cyber-security crisis management. We recently had an interesting catch-up in our office, and his services are in high demand.
Over the years he's developed a toolbox of practical strategies for children and their caregivers designed to keep kids safe online and encourage good digital citizenship. He's just released his book Keeping Your Children Safe Online: A Guide for New Zealand Parents to empower children to live in the online world both safely and ethically.
Many of the teachers we talk with are frustrated with digital distraction in the classroom
Personal mobile devices are the norm. They are also both learning devices, and potential sources of digital distraction. While technology is an enabler of education, constant connection can sometimes come at a cost and students can easily succumb to using the internet for non-class related tasks. The term "cyber-slacking" refers to the act of avoiding immediate tasks by delving into cat videos, social media, and other online entertainment, and this new digital world is highly addictive.
We're excited to announce that Linewize has been acquired by ASX-listed Family Zone following our successful partnership agreement announced earlier this year. The Linewize team is looking forward to the next step on our journey and working with Family Zone to deliver world-leading cyber safety solutions to parents and schools worldwide.
Schools aim to create a safe learning environment supporting the use of digital technology, and Netsafe in New Zealand has produced this guide for the safe and responsible use of digital technology in schools. However, a recent analysis Linewize conducted showed an increasing number of students using VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) to bypass school internet filtering. We decided to investigate further, and we asked a few teenagers about their experiences.
We live in a knowledge economy, and our children are digital natives. Our students use digital devices to navigate an increasingly complex online world. The knowledge, skills and behaviour required in this environment is continually evolving. Cybersafety and digital citizenship are hot topics globally, and there’s an increasing trend towards a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture in both New Zealand and Australia. Educators spend a great deal of time on school internet policies to help students become knowledgeable digital consumers, while at the same time providing a safe learning environment.
Linewize is honoured to have been nominated again for the New Zealand Innovation Awards, in the category 'Innovation in Education, Training and Development.' The innovation ecosystem in this space continues to thrive and develop, and the student internet management solutions Linewize provide are testament to this. Linewize not only manages school networks and student internet use, but uses machine learning to empower schools to create a high trust environment and support their "duty of care" role.
Computer rooms with outdated PCs are no longer relevant or practical for today’s generation. Bring Your Own Devices (BYODs) for learning in high schools, and more recently, primary schools, is a necessity for education to remain relevant with our technologically advancing society. Schools are adopting this new, ‘disruptive’ approach to learning by merging traditionally separate ICT lessons with the core curriculum. This exciting opportunity to incorporate more digital learning into the curriculum is not an endeavour that the school should take lightly.