Mrs. Webb has a background in teaching K-12 art and a master's degree in instructional technology. She is a member of the International Society of Technology in Education as well as the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance. She started with B-PC in 2016.
Tech FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES
Q: How safe is my student while using technology at school?
A: State and federal laws are in place to protect minors while they use technology and specifically the internet at school. Our school complies with these laws through the use of web content filtering, email monitoring, and traceable, managed user accounts. Privacy and safety of our students is of the utmost importance to us, and we are taking every measure to ensure that our students are practicing safety in their online activities. Students and parents are also encouraged to read, understand, and review the district's Acceptable Use Policy, which is signed by parent(s)/guardian(s) at the beginning of each student's enrollment, and available upon request.
Q: Does my internet at home have any filters like the school's does?
A: No. Personal home or residential networks do not automatically come with these safeguards from your Internet Service Provider. It's important for parents/guardians to understand exactly what that their child(ren) can access at home. Typically, when at home, children have wide open, unrestricted access to the internet. Ask your internet service provider about this if you have questions, utilize parental controls when you can, and closely monitor your students' online activities.
Digital Safety Resources for the Home
Q: I want to get a computer for my student to use for school work and for recreation. What should I look for?
A: Our district uses G Suite, which is Google's suite of productivity and content management tools created specifically for schools. Keeping that in mind, Google makes very affordable "netbook" style laptops called Chromebooks. These are not only affordable, but are simple to operate, and they offer all of the tools our students need to use in B-PC schools. Chromebooks require no antivirus software/subscriptions, but they do require an internet connection to work. And best of all, they are incredibly share-able. If you have more than one child, or you want to use the device as well, each user's information and data is contained within their own user account.
PCs (Windows) or Mac (Apple) brands are also perfectly fine, but can be significantly more expensive and a little more complicated to manage. They can handle more complex jobs and third-party software. For some unique situations, these might be preferred, but for most K-12 students, Chromebooks will work great. Learn more here.
Q: How much screen time should my child have every day?
A: Screen time for children is a controversial subject. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests prohibiting all media/screen time until after a child is 2 years old. After that, parents/guardians can consider that benefits of screen time increase when children share that screen time with an adult, engaging in dialogue, and discussing what's being used/played/viewed. Each child and family is different, and ultimately the decision is a personal one. Check the "Links" menu for resources for parents.