The growing number of children using iPads at preschools has prompted a call for educators to develop clear guidelines on using the devices safely.
Core Education consultant Tara Fagan told a cyber-safety conference in Wellington today that most kindergarten associations around New Zealand had iPads in their centres or were moving towards introducing them.
But there were no compulsory government standards on how preschools should use information technology safely with children.
Instead, it was up to individual preschools to develop their own policies and guidelines, drawing on resources from groups like NetSafe and recommendations from the Ministry of Education.
"We're hoping that there will be changes made and there will be some guidelines put back around ICT [information and communication technologies ]," Ms Fagan said.
Core Education consultant Sharon Carlson said iPads could be great learning tools that allowed children to follow their interests, but there were risks.
Source: The New Zealand Herald