BYOD Internet Security Alert
Your personal information and that of your child may be at risk.
It has come to our attention that some of our students in Year 5 and 6 have been downloading apps on their iPad at home that enable them to override our secure school internet network.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps such ‘VPN – Super Unlimited Proxy’ and ‘X-VPN’, are popular free apps that our students are using to enable them to do this. These are examples, however, we believe that it is not just limited to these two apps. There are many more free and paid apps on the market that enable students to use a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between two devices, allowing the exchange of data or information to happen privately using the internet. Although some users may choose to use a VPN for security purposes, the risks for our children choosing to use a VPN on their devices are the potential override of parental controls, the override of home, school and even country networks and access to all blocked and sometimes inappropriate content.
VPN Apps are not approved by the school, as previously stated, they enable students to override our secure school network.
Some VPN apps offer potential privacy and security threats such as:
- The collection of personal data including and not limited to: UUID (unique universal identifier), Internet Protocol address, location information and cookies
- The sharing of information with third parties
Please be aware that your child may be using a VPN app at home to bypass parental controls. We encourage all parents to have a discussion with their child about why they may be accessing and using these apps.
To find out more about why your child might be using a VPN app, read the link below:
Find out if your child has downloaded a VPN app and how to remove it by viewing this article: https://protectyoungeyes.com/vpn-explained-virtual-private-network-parent-guide/
What you can do at home:
- Have a discussion with your child about being safe and responsible online
- Consider setting up family sharing on your child’s iPad to allow for transparency of all apps that are downloaded.
For more information about apple family sharing please visit: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201088
What the school will do:
- Leaders and teachers will be hosting a cyber safety forum with all students in Years 5 and 6 next Wednesday afternoon (6th Nov) to discuss safe and responsible online behaviour.
- Students will be instructed to delete their VPN app if they haven’t already done so.
- Any VPN found on a student’s iPad after 6th of November will result in the iPad being removed from the student’s use until the school contacts the parents/carers to discuss how we can continue to work together to strengthen the partnership between home and school to ensure the safety of students.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Borcek at school.