Social Media and Parents

Last night, the wonderful Alissa Sklar gave a talk at our school to a group of parents interested/concerned/anxious about their children and the online world. They learned a little more about the teenage brain as it relates to their kids’ online use, the importance of teaching impulse control and how teaching digital citizenship is a partnership between school and home.

And then this morning, I came across this from Common Sense media about how to have an ongoing discussion with the parents. I am really intrigued by the idea of this program which has three components:

  1. First, host a teen panel for parents. Let the parents hear from other kids how they use social media, what is important to them, how it makes them feel.
  2. Then organize several discussion groups through out the year on different subjects, some ranging from pure technical know-hows to more philosophical discussions.
  3. Share the amazing toolbox of resources they have put together.

It will take me a minute to process this idea, but it might be the perfect time to implement this, especially after Alissa’s very galvanizing introduction to the topic…

Any thoughts?

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.


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