What is it?

BIOS stands for Basic Input Output System. (It's an acronym.) The BIOS is the part of a computer or other device with a microprocessor that enables it to know what to do when it starts (or Boots).

How does it work?

The BIOS is stored on a computer memory chip, usually in a form called Firmware, but also as user settings that are stored in semi-permanent computer memory chips.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and BIOS?

Most computers will offer to allow the user to press certain keys during booting in order to access the BIOS setup. (For instance, by pressing the 'Delete' key). Children should be discouraged from doing this as they can accidentally make changes that will make the computer unusable.

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