These can be a laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device brought from home to school. This increases their access to devices that assist learning both in and out of the classroom.

Where to start

  • Whether your child’s school participates in a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program is optional.
  • Any program is developed in close consultation with the school community to suit the school.
  • One of the key advantages of BYOT is that your child uses the same device for learning at school and at home.
  • There is also more opportunity for your child to use technology responsibly, preparing them for a future where technology is a natural part of their everyday lives.
  • BYOT doesn’t replace schools providing information technology (IT) access for your child at school.

For your child

  • It is not compulsory for your child to bring your own device to school.
  • If your child does bring a device to school they can only use it during class time for educational purposes and with the permission of their teacher.
  • Like any equipment your child brings to school, they will need to be responsible for and look after any device they bring to school.
  • Your child will need to agree to and follow guidelines on acceptable use of the device.
  • Your child must respect others when they talk to and work with them online and never write or participate in online bullying.
  • If your child uses the school’s Wi-Fi network all internet traffic will go though web filtering software which filters inappropriate content.

For you

  • Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) schools will continue to have a mix of school-provided and student-owned devices, and will ensure that there is appropriate access to IT for everyone.
  • Schools can provide guidance to parents but there are no mandatory or preferred devices.
  • No BYOT program will result in the cost of purchasing student-owned devices or software being included in general student levies.
  • No student will be left behind in their access to technology.
  • A number of schools have already successfully put in place a BYOT program that is benefiting their students.

Cameras on mobile devices

If your child uses their mobile device as a camera they must:

  • Seek permission from individuals involved before taking photos, recording sound or videoing them (including teachers and other school staff).
  • Only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of a class or lesson.
  • Seek written permission from individuals involved before publishing or sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space.
  • Seek teacher permission before uploading any content to websites (e.g. blogs).

Where can I get more information?

Talk to your child’s teacher or principal and your School Association.