While many schools are starting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Initiatives to further classroom education via technology, mobile Internet safety service Mobicip.com reinforces the need to ensure child safety.
Thousand Oaks, CA - Mobicip.com, the leading Internet safety and parental control service for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is a key enabler for mobile learning projects in K-12 schools. While typical mobile learning projects are sponsored by the school, mobile learning is slowly and inexorably moving towards what is called BYOD. Bring Your Own Device is a movement that helps get technology in the classroom in a way that is very affordable for schools (meaning parents or PTAs pitch in) while still being on the cutting edge of educational practices. Mobicip, an organization dedicated to enabling students to learn on the mobile web, reminds parents of K-12 students during this back to school time that while movements like BYOD can help get technology in classrooms, it is always important to ensure that online safety controls and online content filtering be factored into the equation.
“I have heard talk of all students in K-12 schools expected to have BYOD learning devices by 2015”, says Suren Ramasubbu, Founder and CEO of Mobicip.com. “In quite a few instances, the parents or PTA are pitching in and purchasing the technology to empower always-on access to learning. While this is a creative, fast and affordable way to get technology in the classroom, it is important for these parents and educators to have content filters set up on their kid’s devices to protect the K-12 students using any online or mobile device so that the focus stays on education.”
According to Project Tomorrow’s Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update, “Three times as many high school students have access to online learning and twice as many middle school students are learning online, since Speak Up 2007.” The report continues by stating; “More than 40 percent of students now designate online classes as an essential component of their learning experience. Administrators and parents are increasingly supporting the students’ vision for learning online.” EdReach, an online platform for passionate, outspoken educators did a recent post about BYOD saying that “While BYOD is far too radical for many school districts at this time, it is inevitable that this is the future. The sooner districts embrace this future and begin to plan for it, the more effective this transition will be.”
BYOD may not be the success formula to get devices in all classrooms, but the facts do support that online and mobile learning works, so there are stronger efforts to get devices in the classrooms in as many ways as possible. Project Tomorrow’s Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile! said in their report that "90 percent of the Mobile Learning Explorer administrators state that mobile computers increase students’ potential for success, as compared to 59 percent of the non-Mobile Learning Explorer administrators." "62 percent of responding parents report that if their child’s school allowed devices to be used for educational purposes, they would likely purchase a mobile device for their child."
The future of education is growing more and more mobile. BYOD is something back-to-school minded parents and educators may have read about, considered starting or have been in meetings about this already. Leaders in online safety like Mobicip.com, who are dedicated to enabling online learning, remind deciding parties that mobile kids deserve to safely use and learn on the mobile web and that does involve making sure all devices have content filtering on them to ensure CIPA compliance, eRate eligibility, and to keep the focus on learning.
To learn more about Mobicip.com, visit www.Mobicip.com.
About Mobicip’s Web Filtering and Dynamic Parental Control Software
Mobicip is the most popular content filtering solution available on the App Store. The best-selling Mobicip Safe Browser app has been consistently rated among top paid apps, downloaded and used by tens of thousands of parents and several K-12 schools and school districts in the US, and was recently recognized by the 2010 Parents’ Choice Awards as a Top Mobile App. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering includes a new YouTube filter, Windows 7 Content Filter, and Linux Content Filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s Internet safety while they are on the web. In addition to enabling online learning by supporting iOS-based devices, Mobicip partners with schools like Comal ISD to create custom app solutions that further enable online learning. Learn more at www.Mobicip.com.