An app store with thousands of applications on your touchscreen feels like an advantage, but it contains more risks than you might think. In an insecure app store, violent games, 18+ content and even data abuse are just one click away from your pupils.
Imagine. You’ve put your students to work independently. The assignment is open on the touchscreen. For just five minutes you leave the classroom to get a cup of coffee. When you return to the classroom there is a group of students around the screen. They scream loud, but become shy as soon as they see that you are back. On the screen an ’18+ Adult Game’ is open. A handy pupil has downloaded it very quickly from the touchscreens app store.
Unrealistic? Maybe. But certainly not impossible. Many touchscreens contain a public app store (e.g. Aptoide) in which thousands of applications can be downloaded. Some are educational, safe and add something to your lessons. But there are also applications that don’t belong in a classroom. Think of violent games, 18+ content and applications of which you can’t see which company created them.
Don’t know what you’re installing
Anyone who has access to the touchscreen can very easily download, install and open these ‘bad’ applications. In this way, students can come into contact with explicit material without your knowledge. Not to mention the security of some applications. Often you don’t know exactly what you are installing, where the app gets access to and what happens to collected data. It certainly would not be the first time a touchscreen is infected with a virus this way.
The Prowise way
At Prowise, we believe that a touchscreen (including app store) should be carefree to use by teachers and students. Without the school and perhaps parents having to worry about which apps students may come into contact with. That’s why we developed the Prowise App store entirely in-house. We may not offer thousands of options, but before an app becomes available to you, our own testing team has carefully reviewed it. This makes them suitable for the classroom (and children) and allows you to get that cup of coffee without any worries.
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