- How can you balance your child’s summer technology use and the other summer activities that s/he can participate in?
- How can technology facilitate your child’s summer learning experiences?
- What social media tools are integral to your child’s life and how can his/her actions with these tools impact their futures?
- The first two links are from Common Sense Media, a great resource for families with
8 Tips for a (Nearly) Tech-free Vacation
In this article, the author presents simple straightforward strategies for family-friendly integration of technology on vacations.
Digital Fun for Creative Kids
This article presents an extensive set of technology resources (apps and websites) to continue your student’s learning during the summer months. Activities in categories such as storytelling and coding help children aged 2-17 “stretch those creative muscles in fun ways.”
- The next four links provide resources for parents of students who are (or might be)
Do You have Any Idea What Your Kids Are Posting Online?
This blog by an assistant superintendent, who is very connected himself, provides parents with some examples of how connected students young and old are misusing social media. There is also a reference to a blog describing Instagram and examples of household rules for using this tool. Although this blog is specific to Instagram, the information presented can be applied to other social media tools.
Free Parents' Guides to Snapchat and Instagram
In this article are links to parent guides for Snapchat and Instagram. These guides are short and to the point (6 pages each). At the beginning of each of these guides are concise answers to:
Why kids love these apps
What the risks of each app are
How to help kids stay safe using the apps
How to report abuse and block problem users
How to use privacy settings
The Truth about Social Media and Admissions
This article provides some guidelines for our older students who are applying or getting ready to apply to college. It is a nice discussion of why colleges would be interested in a student’s digital presence. For our younger students, the article provides some things for them to think about as they begin developing a digital presence.
Ask.fm - Social Q&A website should be avoided by tweens and teens
This post discusses Ask.fm, which is a question and answer website that lets users create accounts and post anonymous questions or comments. Ask.fm has been linked to cyber bullying incidents and other abuse. Although this article is written for parents at the Village School in California, it provides useful information and guidelines for all parents.