Parents often ask how they can become more informed about what their children are doing online and how they can create a safe environment for them. The websites below provide some excellent resources for families.
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As soon as your children start tapping on the keyboard, that’s the time you should begin your online parenting. You'll be happy to know that parenting online isn’t much different than parenting your child when they aren’t in front of a keyboard.
"We're in an age of information overload, and too much of what we watch, hear and read is mistaken, deceiful or even dangerous. Yet you and I can take control and make media serve us - all of us - by being active consumers and participants." - Dan Gillmor
Internet Safety & other Digitial Citizenship Resources organized by grade levels.
This binder is an attempt to collect and organize Digital Citizenship resources by age (grade level). Often when we think of Digital Citizenship, we only think about the safety aspects of it but being a digital citizen is much more than just being safe.
What did we used to do without Google if we wanted to know some kind of quick fact? You could say we had to actually do a little work to get that information, as compared to doing a quick Web search. But since we now know those facts are completely accessible in an instant, why bother with retention? That's the focus of this ESchool News article that talks about the "Google Effect", and how the transformation of our information access has also affected our memory.
When it comes to teens and their social media habits, there's some great news and some not-so-great news. It can make your child a fast learner, but it is also associated with a host of psychological disorders.
It's time to stop preparing students for a world that no longer exists.
65% of grade schoolers may do work that's not yet been invented. Digital literacy is crucial to the jobs of tomorrow, but schools, for the most part, aren't teaching it. Parents can take the lead by making sure their children are getting the skills they need at home.
Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, "Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!"
I was stunned. In fact, I was going to post his thoughts and solicit comments. But even a 5-year-old can assert intellectual property rights. And I respected his wishes.
This is an emerging gray area in parenthood: How much do we share of our children's lives when chats around kitchen tables have been replaced with chats on social networks.
From the article: "E-readers like iPads and Kindles are not only changing how we read, they’re changing how we learn to read. Technology’s role in literary development is the topic of an undergraduate course being taught this summer at Rutgers–Camden.
The course, “Children’s Literacies,” considers the ways in which literacy has expanded beyond learning to read and write, as a child must negotiate traditional textual and visual formats such as picture books as well as websites and handheld devices. "