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15 minute steps to improve your home technology environment


We promised earlier this month a series on setting up you home for safe technology usage, after the technology gifting that most likely happened in your home over the festive season.

The topics we will cover are:

  1. Centralise device charging
  2. Know what you have
  3. Draw a picture of your network
  4. Know how it connects
  5. Control physical access
  6. Control logical access

These topics are in increasing order of difficulty, however we are certain that if you stick with it, that you will be able to greatly improve you home technology environment.

It is critical that we run through a few preparation stages first (Steps 1 and 2) as without a plan, it will be very easy to end up with none of your technology able to talk to the internet. To stay in touch with this post, like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mifamily.net or subscribe using our feed here.

So with this in mind, let’s get to work!

Here is step one:

We’ve mentioned before the importance of low-technology bedrooms. Children need their sleep (don’t we all know it!) however a simple and common mistake is to not know exactly what devices are in the house, and where they connect from.

This is particularly true in homes with teenagers. Friends and visitors might ask for access to ‘their’ (your) home network, but this can increase your risk. In really social households where network gaming parties happen, you might even consider a separate access network – but let’s leave that discussion for later.

For now, make sure that the following simple guidelines can be started on, and we’ll get to the next items next week:

  • Identify a place where all devices can be charged together
  • Buy (or make if you are able) a simple charging station
  • Retrieve all the charging cords and cables from bedrooms (yes, yours too!)
  • Set up the charging station, and explain that this is when charging happens.

Why not buy a charging station now – here are a few we have found on Amazon that will do the job nicely.

Next week, we will cover off how to know what connects to your network, so don’t forget to like our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mifamily.net) to keep up to date.

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