Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) in Tasmanian Government Schools

Did you know?

Schools can offer optional programs that allow your child to bring their own technology devices, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device, from home to school. This increases their access to devices that assist learning both in and out of the classroom.

Where to start

  • Whether your child’s school participates in a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program is optional.
  • Any program is developed in close consultation with the school community to suit the school.
  • One of the key advantages of BYOT is that your child uses the same device for learning at school and at home.
  • There is also more opportunity for your child to use technology responsibly, preparing them for a future where technology is a natural part of their everyday lives.
  • BYOT doesn’t replace schools providing information technology (IT) access for your child at school.

For your child

  • It is not compulsory for your child to bring your own device to school.
  • If your child does bring a device to school they can only use it during class time for educational purposes and with the permission of their teacher.
  • Like any equipment your child brings to school, they will need to be responsible for and look after any device they bring to school.
  • Your child will need to agree to and follow guidelines on acceptable use of the device.
  • Your child must respect others when they talk to and work with them online and never write or participate in online bullying.
  • If your child uses the school’s Wi-Fi network all internet traffic will go though web filtering software which filters inappropriate content.

For you

  • BYOT schools will continue to have a mix of school-provided and student-owned devices, and will ensure that there is appropriate access to IT for everyone.
  • Schools can provide guidance to parents but there are no mandatory or preferred devices.
  • No BYOT program will result in the cost of purchasing student-owned devices or software being included in general student levies.
  • No student will be left behind in their access to technology.
  • A number of schools have already successfully put in place a BYOT program that is benefiting their students.

Cameras on mobile devices

If your child uses their mobile device as a camera they must:

  • Seek permission from individuals involved before taking photos, recording sound or videoing them (including teachers and other school staff).
  • Only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of a class or lesson.
  • Seek written permission from individuals involved before publishing or sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space.
  • Seek teacher permission before uploading any content to websites (e.g. blogs).

Where can I get more information?

Talk to your child’s teacher or principal and your School Association.

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) – printable brochure

Download the Print version of brochure (PDF, 410KB)