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Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)
Schools can offer optional programs that allow your child to bring their own technology devices.
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.
- 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.
Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) – printable brochure
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