It will come as no surprise to learn that tablets & laptop computers, which are relatively fragile electronic items, are more susceptible to damage while under the care and control of children, but the extent of damage can vary greatly. We have set out below the various risks and ways of minimising them.
Dropping – 30% of insurance claims
This is one of the most common causes of damage and happens most normally when carrying a device around school or “slipping” from an unzipped school bag. The best way to avoid damage is to ensure that the device is always kept in the protective case that it comes with. If a case is not supplied then there are a good range of cases available to suit all styles and budgets.
It is also important that everyone plays their part and your school will have given you a home school agreement and a note about the school policy which will normally require that devices are kept in their cases at all times – with penalties for non-compliance. It is in your child’s interest to keep the device safe so that they don’t lose a single days’ benefit.
Knocked off desk/table/bed – 25% of insurance claims
It is all too easy to knock a tablet/laptop off a desk. This is mainly caused by either tripping over a power cable or knocking it off when walking by. Not surprisingly the majority occur while at school, but a significant proportion can also happen at home, usually for the same reasons.
Solutions include ensuring that devices must be fully charged when they arrive at school which removes the need to have them plugged in and on charge while at school. If charging does have to take place then try to make sure that this is done in a designated safe area at home, in the classroom or in the IT office ensuring that all cables are routed away from potential trip areas.
What we find is that most youngsters are keen to look after their device as they enjoy having it and using it so it is most usually just a matter of being more aware of the potential problems and doing what you can to avoid them
Crushed/knocked/ trodden on – 10% of insurance claims
Incidents of devices being damaged while in cases by being crushed or knocked are surprisingly common. Typically, pupils will force other objects (books etc) into the laptop case or they get banged into while moving about crushing the laptop against a wall. They might leave the device on the floor where it gets trodden on or even use the bag to sit on or as goal posts. We’ve heard many reasons!
The solutions are really the same as those above – just regular reminders of the importance of taking care and avoiding those things likely to cause any damage.
Liquid spillage – 5% of insurance claims
This is generally the result of drinks being knocked over the keyboard or where drinks have been carried in the laptop bag and have spilt. The solution to this is fairly straightforward and really just about reminding your child not to have drinks near their device and never to carry drinks in the same bag as their device.