In order to prepare students for the future in an increasingly technology-driven world, Providence requires incoming 6th-12th grade students to bring a tablet or laptop. Accidents happen, however, and they can sometimes be costly to fix. Based on the most commonly seen issues, here are some ways to protect your devices from damage and keep them running smoothly.

Screen Damage

Cracked screens and screen pressure damage are common problems that can be avoided with proper equipment and care.

1. Consider investing in a rugged tablet case and/or a tablet sleeve case. While not infallible, they can help protect against impact damage and screen damage in the event your device is dropped.

2. Avoid placing devices in areas where they might be easily knocked over or stepped on. While you may know where your device is, the people around you may not be paying attention, which has resulted in several accidents in the past.

3. Avoid placing devices between books or in backpacks without proper screen protection. Applying too much pressure to your device’s screen may damage it, and can make a touch screen unusable.

4. We highly recommend purchasing an extended warranty along with your device. You can do everything right and still end up with a damaged device, screen or otherwise. Surface tablets come with a one year limited warranty, which does not cover accidental damage. Having a warranty that does can save you from unexpected bills and stress in the future.


Any device that connects to the internet has the potential to be exposed to malware. Even safe browsing practices may not protect you from compromised websites. Having anti-virus software on your device can protect from malware that is less obvious.

We highly recommend using an anti-virus program, even if it is only a free version. Providence offers a discounted purchase of Norton Anti-Virus for students.