Let the Family Zone team shout breakfast while you learn about Family Zone’s Partner School Program, which provides schools with access to a powerful ecosystem of technologies that ensure no matter what network a student uses to access the internet, they’re kept as safe as possible while online.
"Just ask Google." And we do. If we have a question, that's generally our first port of call. Student welfare is a concern for every school, and these search queries can often flag potential issues with individual students.
You can pick up a brand new smartphone for $39, and the start of the school year sees many students bringing new devices onto school grounds. When students access school networks, they can easily bypass school internet filtering by downloading a VPN proxy (virtual private network) to access blocked websites, and to surf the internet anonymously. In fact, a quick look today shows that 'VPN' is currently the top trending search in the NZ iOS App Store, and with over 200 to choose from there are plenty of options available.
Danish police have taken a hard line on inappropriate content shared on social media, charging over 1,000 young people with "distribution of child pornography" after video content of two 15 year olds was circulated online, predominantly on Facebook and Messenger. “It may sound very dramatic that we’re charging with child pornography,” said Flemming Kjaerside, a police superintendent. “Many had no intention to distribute child pornography, but objectively speaking, that’s what they’ve done.”
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.
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.