• Strategies and information to protect your family at home

    On April 26 and April 28, a panel of experts from the GBI, AT&T, Common Sense Media, FCS educators and school district leaders shared strategies and information parents can use to protect their families at home -- a timely topic since the school year is winding down and students will soon begin spending more time on their personal devices or using their home internet. Parents heard tips from each panelist followed by a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Emily Bell, FCS Chief Information Officer.


    A special THANK YOU to our presenters from the following agencies and organizations:

    • Special Agent Jackie Gittins, Georgia Bureau of Investigation  |  presentation
    • Rich Johnson and Yvette Pugh, AT&T  |  presentation
    • Jasmine Hood Miller, Common Sense Media  |  presentation
    • Martha Buongiorno, FCS Innovation Academy  |  presentation
    • Beth Valentine, Global Impact Academy  |  presentation

     

    Tuesday, April 26
    FCS Innovation Academy


    This event was recorded and is available in the player above.

     

    Thursday, April 28
    Global Impact Academy


    This event was recorded and is available in the player above.

     

     

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  • Fulton County Schools is keeping students safe in an increasingly digital world

    Keeping students safe, whether in a school classroom or a virtual learning environment at home, is always a top priority. With laptops and tablets (collectively called “devices”) issued to students in grades 3-12, Fulton County Schools has special protections in place to keep students safe while learning in the digital world.

    Content filtering software blocks inappropriate sites while at school and when using FCS devices at home. Most social media and chat platforms also are blocked on FCS devices, except in special cases where there is educational value. For example, access to YouTube is allowed, but in Restricted Mode. This prevents students from reaching objectionable content. FCS also issues T- Mobile hotspots to students when requested, and the hotspots’ content filtering software adds another layer of protection. T-Mobile hotspots should be used with FCS-issued devices.

    Formerly called media specialists, each school’s Media and Educational Technology Instructor – or METI – also provides guidance to students on responsible technology and appropriate device use. Fulton County Schools has partnered with Common Sense Media to teach its Digital Citizenship Program, which prepares students to make smart choices online.

    In addition, Fulton County Schools is one of only 50 school districts nationwide to earn the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) seal from the Consortium for School Networking for its leadership in student privacy protection and data security.

    Download this information as a printable document



    What Can Parents Do?


    TAP
    into Internet & Device Safety!

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    TAP stands for Time, Access and Password

    TIME. Parents can restrict the amount of time their children use the internet on the devices in their home. This includes personally owned computers, tablets and cell phones and FCS-issued devices like laptops and tablets – anything that can connect to the home internet.

    ACCESS. Parents can enable parental controls so that access to inappropriate websites can be filtered and blocked. FCS-issued devices already do this, even if using a home network, but personally owned devices are still vulnerable.

    PASSWORD PROTECTION. Parents can help their children choose passwords that meet complexity requirements. They also should help their child understand not to share the passwords.


    Parents also can:


    Check with your internet provider or the manufacturer of your network router.
    As examples, these providers/manufacturers* have sites for setting up parental controls:

    AT&T Xfinity D-Link Linksys Netgear TP-Link


    Consider subscribing to/purchasing a monitoring app or program
    . There are services and products that allow ways to monitor and restrict devices and internet use at home, like BARK* or Firewalla.*

    *Note: These products/services are not free and are not endorsed by Fulton County Schools. They are provided only as examples of services some parents already use.