The policies and practices of managing technology in any school need to be balanced with the benefits of connection and access to a wealth of information, meeting the growing concern about the invasive nature of social media on adolescent growth.
The approach we take towards technology is to strike the right balance between offering all the educational benefits of the digital world while at the same time actively promoting responsible personal and social use with the wellbeing and mental health of students top of mind at all times.
Acceptable Use of Technology
Guiding our students through the responsibility of managing technology is a joint effort that the School shares with parents, government and the community. We seek to do this through a combination of strategies: holistically managing access to data and networks to block inappropriate content and monitor usage; maintaining a policy of no mobile phone use by students during school hours from 8:30 - 3:30 and, for boarders, restricted use afterwards, and for educating our students on navigating life responsibly.
TAS issues Apple devices to all students rather than engaging in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. All Kindergarten to Year 2 students have shared iPads while Years 3 and 4 have their own iPads that remain at school charging at the end of each school day. From Years 5 - 12, students complete the digital citizenship and cyber safety courses after which they are issued with their leased Apple Macbook Air.