ST. PAUL (Nov. 17, 2014) — Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), the Saint Paul Police Department and AT&T teamed up today to announce a new public awareness campaign designed to promote iPad safety among students and teachers and help deter thefts.
The goal of the “Student iPad Safety” campaign is to provide students, teachers and parents with tips to keep themselves safe and help prevent against loss or theft. Beginning October 2014 through February 2015, about 60 percent of SPPS students and teachers will receive iPads to accelerate learning inside and outside of the classroom. The remaining students and teachers will receive iPads during the 2015-16 school year.
“From video projects on iPads to interactive art displays at a local coffee shop, SPPS students are experiencing the future of education today through personalized learning,” said SPPS Superintendent Valeria Silva. “As part of this effort, we are also launching an iPad safety campaign to provide tips to students and parents, promote safety, and prevent thefts. We’re pleased to partner with AT&T and our friends at the Saint Paul Police Department on this very important campaign.”
As part of the campaign, posters and flyers will be distributed to students, teachers, parents and public libraries. A new website, https://www.spps.org/ipadsafety, has also been launched to provide iPad safety tips.
AT&T has provided a $10,000 donation to the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation to sponsor the campaign, and has been a leader in helping address smartphone and device theft in the Twin Cities.
“We are very proud to partner with Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Police Department to launch this new campaign and help promote iPad safety among students,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. “Customer safety has always been a top priority for AT&T, and we believe this campaign is very important to provide tips and information to help students keep these devices safe.”
By following the tips below, students can protect themselves when carrying their SPPS iPads:
• Carry the iPad to and from school in a backpack or school bag. The iPad should never be visible or used while waiting for or ride a public bus or light rail train, or when walking around the community.
• Always keep an eye on your iPad, especially if you find yourself in a busy area of school like the lunchroom or athletic field, or in a public space like a coffee shop or library where it could be easily taken.
• Keep your iPad with you whenever possible. If an iPad is not needed for a class, or your teacher has told you not to bring the iPad to class, store it in a locked locker or classroom storage cart.
• Enable the “FindMy iPad” features so that your iPad can be located if it is misplaced.
• Keep your passcode private. Your unique iPad passcode helps protect your files and personal information. It’s important that you do not share your passcode with anyone else.
• Take care of the label that is on the back of your iPad. This label has a unique number that identifies the iPad as the one that was loaned to you by SPPS.
• Once fully implemented in SPPS, iPads will be provided to 39,000 students at 85 SPPS schools over two years (2014-16). Students in grades 6-12 will be allowed to take the iPads home with them. Students in grades PreK-5 will be required to leave the iPads at school.
“With thefts of smartphones and devices on the rise, this campaign is timely to provide students and parents with the information they need to protect themselves,” said Tom Smith, Chief of the Saint Paul Police Department. “The first step is for students to be aware of their surroundings and always keep their iPad in a safe place.”
To learn more, please visit: https://www.spps.org/ ipadsafety