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Carrollton Firm Offers Controls to Avoid Improper Use of Technology

Veronica P. Thomison, Special to the Leader

Cyberbullying, sexting, gaming and pornography are examples of the many issues schools and parents are struggling with now that intelligent devices (such as cell phones, laptops and tablets) have become part of everyday life for most children. 

How can schools help manage and deter these issues?

HBR Technologies in Carrollton is helping schools navigate the challenges of integrating technology into schools.  Many schools, for example, are implementing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs.

According to Jeff Romick, CEO of HBR Technologies, it is critical that schools implement BYOD and Acceptable Use policies to ensure safeguards, outline suitable behavior and provide recourse when there’s inappropriate use of technology. 

The policies must address things such as:

  • Who is responsible for repairing broken devices?
  • When is it okay to use a phone or notebook on campus?
  • Permission requirements for recording, posting or transmitting data or photos
  • Consequences for breaking policies
  • Parent and child signature requirements to ensure policies are understood by everyone

Romick says that schools can implement certain controls to avoid improper use of technology such as:

  • URL filters to prevent children from going to inappropriate web sites
  • Software to allow teachers to see who’s connected to the school network (which is carefully safeguarded) to make sure all kids are connected and not on inappropriate sites
  • Antivirus, anti-malware and anti-phishing software that prevents access to a school’s network unless certain software is downloaded.

For information, call HBR Technologies at 972.380.8085 or visit www.hbrtech.com.

SOURCE: StarLocalMedia

URL: http://www.starlocalmedia.com/carrolltonleader/