January is a great time to reflect and marks a good half-way point for the school year. In making resolutions and working to improve, why not consider how your tech skills can be improved and learning about great, easy to use resources. Head over to Common Sense Media for some great teacher-approved resources!
Students and Tech: The New Landscape
Our students are digital natives. They have never known a world without screens. It's important for us to help them learn the digital landscape and how to balance screen time with real life activities. This video clip will give you some insight and ideas on how to connect with your kid(s) and how to help them gain a sense of a balance.
Elementary Video: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/kids-and-tech-the-new-landscape
Navigating a digital world can be challenging. There are many questions parents and students have about how to keep their identity safe and how to use digital resources ethically. As adults, we are careful about what we post online and we keep tabs on our privacy settings and formulate secure passwords. Our kids, however, may not be so savvy. Have a discussion with your child about their "digital footprint." The following video gives a fantastic description about what a digital footprint is and how it begins before we are even born.
The new school year is a great time to set expectations and rules for safely using the Internet. ISTE Standard 2 (Links to an external site.) : Digital Citizen states, 'Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.'
Being SMART on the Internet is an easy way to remember the guidelines: Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable and Tell.