Quick guide on which DMA option to choose

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The after-school hours are as follows:


School hours

After-school hours

Regular school days

Default settings between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parents’/Guardians’ after-school option between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

School events (e.g. Cross Country Runs, Speech Day)

Default settings between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents’/Guardians’ after-school option between 1 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Weekends, School and Public Holidays

Parents’ / Guardians’ After-School DMA Option for the whole day

Summary of DMA Settings After School Hours 

During school hours, the Default Setting will apply. Parents/Guardians are given a choice to opt for an Alternative Setting, which will apply only to after school hours. The following table outlines the different levels of restrictions, controls and monitoring for the different DMA options after school hours.

Default Setting

(this will apply if no Alternative Setting is chosen)

Alternative Setting:

Option A

(Modify DMA settings)

Alternative Setting:

Option B

(Disable DMA Settings)

For parents/guardians who want their child’s/ward’s use of the device to be restricted only to teaching and learning, and who prefer to follow the Default Setting as set by the school during school hours.


For parents/guardians who want more leeway over their child’s/ward’s use of the device, and prefer to take charge of the level of restrictions for their child’s/ward’s use of the device after school hours.

For parents/guardians who do not want their child’s/ward’s use of the device after school hours to be regulated by the DMA at all.

Protects students from objectionable content

Web content filtering:

·         Violent/extremist content

·         Sexual/pornographic content

·         Gambling-related content

Parents/Guardians can apply additional content filtering.

No content filtering at all.





Reduce distractions from learning through control of applications

Parents/Guardians and students will be unable to install additional applications.



·   The App Store will be available after school hours. Parents/Guardians are able to install applications if they have an App Store account. 

·   Students who have an App Store account are able to download apps without any parental guidance or restrictions.

·   Any applications installed after school hours will be disabled during school hours.


Limit screen time

The school will set the hours during which the child/ward will be able to use the device online in a day.

Parents/Guardians can modify the amount of screen time for their child/ward.


No control over screen time.

Monitor students’ cyber activities


·         School DMA Admin will have access to the child’s/ward’s browser history logs.

·         Teachers will only have access to the child’s/ward’s browser history logs for the class that they teach. Teachers will not have access to the child’s/ward’s browser history logs outside of that specific class.

·         Parents/Guardians will only be able to track their child’s/ward’s browser history after school hours.

Parents/Guardians will not be able to monitor or control their child’s/ward’s use of the device through the DMA. No data will be collected during the use of the PLD after school hours.


What the different options mean


Default setting treats the iPad as a device which is used for learning only. The restrictions set in place are derived from the perspective of how a teacher would want the device to behave in order for the student to learn in the most desirable environment. The assumption is that the student will be inclined to use the iPad more as an entertainment device rather than as a learning device if there are no clear boundaries and control.

Option A

Option A provides a hybrid model of allowing parental control after school hours so that their child’s online behaviour can be managed according to the parents’ preferences. However, this option requires the parent to be more savvy with technology, as there are more settings to be managed by the parent. Choose this option if you would like to give more opportunities for your child to explore the cyberworld of online amusement and attractions. Conversely, you may tighten the controls or shut the iPad down earlier.

Option B

Option B gives the student complete freedom in the use of iPad after school. This option should only be chosen if parents totally trust their child’s handling of the iPad and what they do online. Ideally, such a child should be rule-abiding, disciplined and mature enough to control his/her actions. Without boundaries and control, students may find themselves glued to their screens and become addicted to the various online games and videos.
*Please note that the Apps purchased (using your personal Apple ID) under options A and B will be hidden and inaccessible during school hours (6.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.)


Parents/Guardians may wish to consider the following questions before deciding on which After-School DMA Option is best for their child/ward. 

a. Child’s/Ward’s current device usage habits
o How much time does my child/ward spend on his/her device?
o How well is my child/ward able to regulate his/her device usage on his/her own?
o Does my child/ward get easily distracted while doing online learning?

b. Parental/Guardian involvement
o How confident and familiar am I with managing my child’s/ward’s cyber wellness?
o Are there existing routines and open conversations on the use of the internet at home?
o Am I aware of how to prevent different types of cyber threats that my child/ward might face?

Request for change to DMA option 

Please email Mr Lee Yew Ming  (  ) for any changes.