Growing up in the digital age provides unlimited opportunities for students to connect, learn and share information. While this has many benefits, families can feel overwhelmed as they navigate the new challenges associated with raising technologically savvy kids.
Having an open dialogue with students about making smarter, safer online decisions helps prevent some of the negative consequences that can occur in the cyberspace.
What You Can Do
- Create an agreement with your family on how to responsibly use your smart phones and devices with the The Smart Talk tool.
- Review the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting tool by the Family Online Safety Institute to better prepare yourself for the challenges of raising tech savvy children.
- Start a conversation with your family about practicing good digital citizenship while:
- Familiarize yourself with the laws that protect Student Data Privacy.
- Be diligent about what your kids are watching on all screens, including the TV. Use the TV Parental Guidelines from the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board to make informed decisions about what television content is appropriate for your children.
What Your PTA Can Do
- Plan a Smart Talk event night at your school! Save the date for Safer Internet Day on Feb. 7th, 2017 and sign up to be the first to know when The Smart Talk Toolkit becomes available later this fall.
- Start a Connecting Families program with your PTA to support an ongoing dialogue in your school community about good digital citizenship.
- ConnectSafely: Parents, teens, educators, and advocates will find tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe, effective use of connected technology.
- Common Sense Media: Information about ways to support youth as they transform into digital citizens.
- How to Be a Good Digital Parent: A program of the Family Online Safety Institute designed to teach parents and other caregivers how to confidently navigate the web with their kids. It consists of a comprehensive toolkit that PTA members can use to host an online safety event at school. Toolkit contains presentation, presenter’s guide, audience handouts and FAQ.
- Netsmartz (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children): An interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on and offline.
- Net Cetera (OnGuardOnline.Gov): Parent friendly guides with information from the Federal Trade Commission on how to protect your child from identity theft and phishing scams.