Posted 07 March 2006 - 01:45 AM
After reading Ms. Freer and Atablan32's I may have misinteruptered the original post. I believed this computer would be for the teacher's use, not for the stundets.
I agree with Atablan32 about what software you use on school computers. They will have strict policies reguarding the use of non-approved software. The teachers I know work on the computer a home. Few have time to work on the computer during school hours. If your referring to a school computer you will be limited to what that school\district allows on thier network.
While I respect Ms. freer's opinion, as I do most on this forum, I would have to disagree with trusting children. I am the parent of three and render and opinion based on that and not a professional. Childern are curious and forever testing the boundries set for them. While thier action may not be malious in nature, if they make a mistake you may not be unable to undo the harm.
For example, a child may find it humorus to reveal an email between parent/teacher in a attempt at joking with a classmate. This in itself may be harmless, but if the email had medical information you may now have a privacy issue. As the owner of the source of the email you may be found liable for not securing the data.
Trusting kids not to go to a site may be an exceptible risk, but placing work data and files in a position where someone, child or not, has access to them is never a good idea.
I would invest in a USB pen/thumb drive to transport between work and home. It is minimun in size and can hold upward of 2 to 4 gb of data. They also make a secure verison that needs software to be accessed. If it is lost it will be worthless to whom ever finds it.
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