Safe XO use

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Laptop use safety

  • Power supply safety, see Peripherals/XOctoPlug for multi-XO power supply ideas.
  • How to charge batteries
  • How to replace batteries
  • How to work and play and learn with electricity
  • Peripherals use
  • Playspace safety and health
  • Repair activities
  • Hardware recycling and disposal


It is appropriate to provide lessons for the safe use of the XO and its Peripherals. An extensive set of Safety Certifications have been obtained, and the shutdown screen and product packaging insert include a number of graphic warning or advisory icons. (See the Talk page for some ideas for extending this simple graphic resource to one possible model for reinforcing lessons.)

Certain activities may benefit from special attention to potentially dangerous activities. For example, when exposure to electricity or another physical, chemical, or biological hazard might be anticipated with the Measure Activity, some lessons for safe use for the situation should be provided.

See Impending Ergonomic Disaster ? for some training that should be included at an early opportunity to instill healthy habits for XO users and their teachers. See also some discussion of ergonomics on this Talk page.

Internet safety

See the Online threats and security page.

  • being safe online
  • finding communities and resources safely
  • privacy issues
  • how to set up a secure school network
  • how to use existing options for filtering browsing activities.

See also Deployment Guide/Internet Safety training.

Find resources below that teachers and administrators could use to protect users from online social or psychological risks.

i-SAFE and Symantec both have collections of related material. i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place. It includes material for both students and teachers, how to set up a secure school network, and how to use existing options for filtering Internet browsing.

MozillaZine article on parental control options.

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