Accessing the Internet at Home
In the Summer 2018 upgrades were made to the Little Elm ISD computing network and equipment. These upgrades included a new internet filtering system, which is what protects students during their use of the internet while using school equipment or LEISD wifi.
Students remain safe and secure through this new internet filter while at school, but by default they are only able to access the most basic and necessary websites while at home (Gmail, Google, and Edgenuity / e2020).
In order for students to be able to access the wider internet while away from school (more than just Gmail, Google, and Edgenuity / e2020), they will need to complete one short series of tasks on their LEISD Chromebook or Macbook. These steps can be done at school or at home.
- Internet Access Instructions for a Chromebook
- Internet Access Instruction for a MacBookInstructions for a Macbook
After completing these tasks students will still be fully protected by the LEISD internet filter, whether they are connected to the internet at school or at home. But they will now be able to access more than just three basic websites, which will be necessary to participate in activities and lessons throughout the school year.
LEISD students are encouraged to use their laptops at school and at home for educational purposes. While their internet content will remain filtered, one of the best ways to manage your student's device use and online safety habits is for a trusted adult to be active and involved with them. Here's some tips to get you started:
- Discuss the websites your student visits
- Know your student’s login information
- Let them know it's okay to share this with you or a teacher but should never be shared with anyone else.
- Charge the device in a family room
- Ensure the device stays in its case
- Ask how the device is used at school each day
Topics like Digital Citizenship, Digital Footprint, Cyber Safety, etc. are of the highest importance in keeping our students protected and safe online. Some of the websites below can provide parents with valuable resources, information, and insight into these areas.
- LEISD Digital Citizenship flyer
- "Privacy and Internet Safety" from CommonSenseMedia.org
- "Raising Digital Citizens" from StaySafeOnline
- "NetSmartz Workshop" from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- Spanish language "NetSmartz Workshop" website
- "Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup" from Edutopia.org