This year the technology integration specialists of the Reading Public Schools will be working with a Common Sense Education program called Connecting Families. Common Sense is the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology. We feel it is important for parents to be aware of what’s going on and/or what’s to come in their children’s digital lives and to help support them in discussing how to make good digital choices. This program is well designed with lots of support from Common Sense Education and has been successful in many districts.
The kickoff to this program will be an evening with a “Teen Panel”, a group of selected Reading High School students who will share their digital lives with parents across the district. This is a great opportunity for parents of students of all ages to learn firsthand what to expect and how to support their children throughout the coming years.
The program will continue throughout the year with a series of Conversation Cases for small groups of parents with topics such as Cyberbullying, Digital Footprints and Photo Sharing, and many more relevant topics.
We have chosen October 15, at 7:00 p.m., at the Joshua Eaton School for the Teen Panel Night.
In addition, this Monday evening at 9:00 p.m. on CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, there will be a program titled, “#Being13 Inside the Secret World of Teens,” Here is the link from CNN: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2015/09/10/cnns-anderson-cooper-360-breaks-news-about-teens-and-social-media-in-provocative-two-year-long-investigation/
We hope you will be able to join us on October 15th for this exciting program! If you have any questions, please contact Instructional Technology Integration Specialist Kathy Santilli at Kathleen.Santilli@reading.k12.ma.us