Hey parents, I want to reiterate a communication you should have already received. Last week, Mr. Nathan Cameron updated the "Academy Tech Blog" with a new entry explaining a change in iMessage use on students' iPads.
Apple updates are always a mixed blessing. With new features come new problems to address in terms of protecting students. The new version of iMessage, Apple's stock messaging app, contains searchable images within the app itself. While this can be fun, it can't be filtered. The databases it connects to quickly populate inappropriate images with even the most harmless keyword search. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to lock out this feature.
To remedy this, while providing a good medium for students to communicate with each other, we will use Google Hangouts instead. Mr. Cameron gives a great step-by-step guide for disabling iMessage and setting up Hangouts. Note that we have asked YOU to take care of this for your student. If you have any issues or need help, don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for your help in keeping your students safe from negative content while ensuring we can teach them to use technology in the best way possible!