MCA Family Tips:
Parenting in the "Information and Technology Age" can seem like a never-ending battle between enabling and training while trying to secure our devices and keep our children safe. Maranatha Christian Academy employs several enterprise-level tools to work at securing and enabling our network and our MCA family with our school tools, what about families at home? Of course, the priority is vigilant instruction in the admonition of the Lord to shepherd hearts there is help for parents in this "IT Epoch." While there are several tools to use parents can often feel overwhelmed with the task because new technology and apps are coming out faster than we can seem to keep up!
One tool that MCA is happy to recommend for families to help train and secure their home devices and their family is "Circle." What is "Circle?":
The cost of Circle is normally a one-time cost of $99 (there are no continuing fees unless you want it on 4G as well, see below) but we contacted Circle and asked them if they would be willing to give our families a discount, and they said, "Yes!"
If you decide that Circle may benefit your family as another tool you can employ to help in shepherding your children, go to https://meetcircle.com/buy and at checkout enter the code: MARANATHA for $10 off each device purchased from their site; and free shipping. (It will reflect in the checkout after putting in the code-- so don't forget!) There are no strings, MCA is not making anything from your purchase, it is only to help you if you think it fits your home.
As one additional enablement, know that the best thing about Circle is its ability to add help even with phones that are on 4G! (It is often the "industrious" young man or woman that figures out they can circumnavigate parental internet guidance by just using their device 4G instead of the app or internet their parents desire.) There is an additional fee for this service but (from one parent to another) it is totally worth it! And, it covers all the kids in my home.
More information on this additional "Circle Go" service can be found here.
Would you like to investigate more? Here is Circle's Youtube Channel to show more of what it can do!
MCA wants to serve our families as we "come alongside" them in their God-given roles as shepherds with their children. From time-to-time, we will offer guides or suggestions to help inform our families of opportunities that may benefit them. Do you have a question we can answer? Feel free to respond via comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.