Tag: smartphone

Did you get a new smartphone, tablet or laptop?

Whether it’s something you get at the start of a new school year, or a perhaps a present for your birthday or Christmas – if  you have a new smartphone, tablet or laptop the following may provide suggestions which may be helpful to you.

1. All Falkirk pupils and education staff are entitled to FREE Microsoft Office for use at home and on mobile devices – this works on all mobile devices and PCs (on multiple devices per person) – the following link describes how to get it:

2. Keeping safe – the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre has provided links to how-to guides from mobile device manufacturers to steps to keeping safe with a mobile device https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices as well as 5 Simple Steps everyone can take to help provide protection for users https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/staying-smart-with-your-christmas-gadgets.

3. The BBC OwnIT app has been designed to help keep children safe online. Please consider sharing this with parents/carers using Twitter, a school newsletter and on the school website – click here for a link to @BBC_Teach Twitter video from Prince William explaining about the app

Here’s a link to more information about the app on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.com/ownit/take-control/own-it-app

Smartphone Safety Advice from UK Safer Internet Centre

SmartphoneSafetyAdviceThe UK Safer Internet Centre has produced advice aimed at parents and carers in relation to helping keep their children safer when choosing, buying and using a Smartphone

This resource gives both general tips and guidance about what to consider when choosing a Smartphone (including a checklist of questions to ask a vendor or supplier), as well as advice for parents/carers to discuss with their children about Smartphone use, and has specific step-by-step guides to individual makes of devices in relation to how to enable safety features.

And it provides guidance for parents/cares to share with their children about what to do in various scenarios they may come across, to help keep their children safer.

The link below relates to advice specific to tablet devices: