Your home computer, or the computer you use to take your online course/s is very likely to have one or several programs that help make it safe from intrusion of others via the Internet.
These may include:
- You must include your teacher and the eSchool office in your allowed list. Both will have a "@pisd.edu" email address. If applicable, your SPAM blocker must also be set to allow attachments of a significant size for Word documents (.doc) and Acrobat (.pdf) file formats.
- Your Firewall settings must allow access to http://courses.pisd.edu and other sites that may be referenced within the course. The sites requiring access will vary from course to course. You will also want to check the free software downloads on this site if you find you do not have a program installed on your computer that you need for the course.
- In some cases, our home computer may be configured to block access to prohibit sites that are questionable regarding their appropriateness. All sites referenced by your eSchool course have been reviewed and are considered to be appropriate for students of your age. However, the parent is the final authority for determining settings on the home computer.
- Most security programs have flexible settings, and some have the ability to exempt pop-ups from particular sites. First, try to exempt the course sever within the pop-up blocker. You may see a message that says your pop-up blocker is prohibiting your ability to view the page and that you need to temporarily turn off the blocker or lower the blocker settings in order to view the information. Pop-ups must be enabled for some of the PISD eSchool courses. However, again, the parent is the final authority for determining settings on the home computer.