Family Zone Partner School Program Roadshow, coming to a location near you

By Michelle Polglase on 11/2/18 8:19 AM

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.

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The impact of technology on childhood

By Michelle Polglase on 10/16/18 9:31 AM

The playground used to be a noisy place in schools. Today, many students are glued to their devices and the playground has gone quiet. 

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The Smartphone Problem in Schools - we talk with Radio NZ

By Michelle Polglase on 4/23/18 1:49 PM

It was great to speak with Kathryn Ryan from Radio New Zealand on the problem of smartphones in schools. Many of the schools we talk with are concerned about the rise of smartphone use in schools, and say that the majority of secondary school students now own a smartphone.

The main concerns involve students bypassing default internet filtering systems, and this generally occurs in one of two ways:

  1. By downloading a VPN (Virtual Private Network) from the app store, and connecting to school wifi but able to create a private 'tunnel' to bypass school internet filtering
  2. By turning up to school with 3G/4G data, and bypassing school internet filtering altogether. This data can also be used to hotspot other devices. 
The link to the full interview is available here.


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Smartphones and smart kids - are schools coping?

By Michelle Polglase on 2/7/18 4:20 PM

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. 

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Mobile phone ban is France's new anti-cyberbullying tactic in schools

By Michelle Polglase on 12/19/17 11:46 AM

Emmanuel Macron's education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, suggests a mobile phone ban in schools could help prevent cyberbullying, and also encourage children to play outside at lunchtime.

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