What is it?
A flash drive is a small device that can store huge amounts of data. Generally no bigger than a stick of chewing gum, the average flash drive can fit on a key ring, in your pocket or in your bag, but can contain more than enough space for you to carry hundreds of small files, or a few massive files.
How does it work?
A flash drive plugs into a USB port that most computers have and enables you to store and copy data.
The flash drive is reusable, so has replaced floppy disks and optical discs for most day-to-day transfer of data. It uses rewriteable flash memory which does not require power to maintain the stored data.
Why is it useful?
A flash drive is a great way to create a back-up of your computer's most important files, or to transport homework from school to home and back again.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and flash drives?
Because flash drives can contain so much data it is a good idea to discuss transferring material that your child might not have the right to use, give to a friend or transfer to another computer. Similarly, sometimes a flash drive can also contain a malware, so having virus protection software installed to block unsuitable material is very important.