DIGITAL LIFE @ HOME
Students, parents, educators, and our community as a whole are all learning how to safely navigate the ever changing and evolving digital world we live in. There are countless ways technology has improved and advanced our day to day lives at home, school and work. With the advances of technology integration in our day to day lives it is important to be aware of some important aspects including online safety, usage, social media, parental guidance, and where to find support. Use the information on this webpage to learn more about these important issues and decide what works best for your digital life at home.
BE A DIGITAL ROLE MODEL
As adults, children look to us as role models and examples of how to act. This is still true in using technology.
- Parent Screen Time (article)
- Helping Parents and Guardians have the "EdTech Talk" - Google (article)
Social media has the potential to create both positive and negative user experiences. Provided are some resources that may support responsible and positive social media use with our children adding to the constructive aspects of use.
- Social Media Tips for Teens (article)
- Social Media Age Recommendations (article)
- Parents Guide to Instagram (article)
It is important to teach our children how to best conduct themselves online, so that they contribute positively within the global community. Find out more about Digital Citizenship with the resources provided.
- Be Internet Awesome - Google (interactive website)
- Privacy Matters - Common Sense Media (article)
- Digital Citizenship - Common Sense Media (interactive website)
- Interland - Google Digital Citizenship Games (interactive website)
PARENT CONTROL APPS AND SETTINGS
Many devices have options for limiting time and particular apps within their settings, as well as the option to shut off in-app purchases to ensure you do not have any surprise charges.
- Family Link - Google (app)
- Our Pact (app)
- Guide to Parent Controls - Common Sense Media (article)
- In App Purchase Control - Common Sense Media (article)
- Learning Websites vs. Entertainment Websites (article)
- Recommended Screen time Limits - American Academy of Pediatrics (article)
Your digital footprint is the data trail you leave behind when you’re online. Some of this information can be found by others, explore the resources provided to ensure you are only leaving a trail of items you want to be visible.
- Keep Kids Safe and Smart Online - Common Sense Media (article)
- Sharing - Common Sense Media (infographic)
Starting conversations about technology usage, social media, and digital citizenship can be difficult talk about with your kids. To start a dialogue, you can try using conversation starters provided in the resources.
- Research - Family Online Safety Institute (article)
- Research - Common Sense Media (article)
- The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid's Tech Obsession - Common Sense Media (article)
- 7 Steps To Good Digital Parenting - Family Online Safety Institute (article)
- Common Sense Media (interactive website)
- Common Sense Media Family Toolbox (interactive website)