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Chromebook Tips for Parents

Find weekly Chromebook tips for parents at the start of the school year.

Week 9: Media should work for you and work within your family values and parenting style. By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your goals. 

Week 8: It is possible for parents to set up an additional filter to limit more websites at home. Setting an additional filter will not enable parents to unblock sites blocked by the school filter through the Chromebook. If you are interested in this option, check with your Internet provider for options or use a third party tool such as OpenDNS. Free and paid options are available.

Week 7: Internet traffic on the Chromebook is filtered in the same way at school, home and on other networks. Sites blocked at school will also be blocked on the Chromebooks outside of school. All filters inherently have holes; the best filter is teaching your child to be safe and smart online coupled with appropriate adult supervision.

Week 6: Check your child’s Chromebook browser History frequently. To check the websites your student is viewing, open the Chrome browser and click the Ctrl+H keys on the keyboard or follow these instructions to check the websites your student is viewing anytime, anywhere.

Week 5: Remind your child that Chromebooks are issued to students for academic use. Ask your student to follow the Grandma Rule: If you wouldn’t do it with grandma there then you shouldn’t when you’re alone.

Week 4: Help your student learn how to take good care of their Chromebook. Clean the keyboard, trackpad and screen with a microfiber cloth dampened with a small amount of 70% isopropyl alcohol or water.

Week 3: The best Internet filter is adult supervision. Identify a common space at home for your student to use the Chromebook, and supervise your child.

Week 2: Chromebook cases prevent damages. Students are required to carry the Chromebook in its case to and from school and during the school day. Help your child develop a routine of using the case.

Week 1: Identify a common space and develop a routine to charge the Chromebook overnight. Help your child take it to school fully charged every day.
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