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:
- 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.
- Then organize several discussion groups through out the year on different subjects, some ranging from pure technical know-hows to more philosophical discussions.
- 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…
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