Improving internet connectivity
The Ministry of Education's IT team has put together some tips for improved connectivity at home.
For home internet connections
It is important to eliminate performance/speed issues with the home wifi setup first, rather than assuming there is an issue with the connection from the house to the internet.
To check this: Run a speed test at www.speedtest.net to establish a baseline, and repeat after making any change below to check for improvement
Data Allowance/Cap issues.
For mobile phone connections
Keeping online safe
We encourage you to discuss internet safety with your children - of all ages. You should agree with your children what they can do online including sites they can visit and appropriate behaviours including:
There is a unique opportunity during the lockdown of families going out together, albeit it close to home, but if your child is going out on their own it’s still important to check where they are going.
Netsafe continues to be available to provide support for online safety. They have information for parents and caregivers and have pulled together their top tips for online safety during the lockdown.
To report an incident To Netsafe - https://www.netsafe.org.nz/reportanincident/If you think a child in your care is the victim of online exploitation or abuse, report it to Police - if you or a child are in danger or a crime is being committed, call 111 or visit your nearest Police Station immediately.
If we all work together to make sure children are safe online, we can make the internet a great tool for people of all ages.