Last Thursday, a group of selected High School Students participated in a panel discussion where they shared their digital lives with parents across the district. Over 75 parents attended this outstanding session. This was 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. Special thanks to our technology integration specialists, Marcia Grant, Kathy Santilli, Meg Powers, and Janet Dee, and our teen panelists for their thoughtful and candid comments.
The presentation that occurred last Thursday is the kickoff to a year long focus by our technology integration specialists to work 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 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.
Listed below are several links that will be useful as parent resources on this important topic. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or technology integration specialist.
Common sense media links
Connecting Families -From cyberbullying and photo sharing to digital footprints and online safety, the Connecting Families program helps parents and kids address important topics and have meaningful conversations about making great choices in their digital lives.
Family Toolbox–And, we have even more resources in the FAMILY TOOLBOX to further support the home-school connection. Pick from and share the following resources (printed or electronically) throughout the year to help parents continue authentic conversations at home with their children.
Parent concern center–Kids of all ages are swiping and scrolling, totally transfixed by screens of all sizes. Welcome to the new frontier of parenting. If you have questions on how to take control of the technology in your kids’ lives, you came to the right place.
Video & movie rating –From animated comedies for the whole family to much-anticipated series installments for teens, get the buzz on
#being13 link–Check out this CNN Special Report on the Secret Lives of Teens
ways to help your child-New York Times Article on 7 ways that you can help your 13 year old start their social media life off on the right foot