Tips for Technology

Partnering with Parents and Families: Tips on Technology

These are the technology resources we have found to be most valuable in dealing with issues and we have decided to share them with our parent partners. We hope you might find them helpful on your parenting journey; we are listing these here in the interest of providing tools and support. We arranged them topically for your convenience. These resources are external to the district and are subject to change without our knowledge.

What is Fortnite and how should my student be using YouTube or not?

Here are succinct yet thorough explanations of Fortnite and YouTube from Common Sense Media:

What should I know about my child’s privacy and/or safety online?

What is the right age for a cellphone?

What about the connection between social media use and mental health?

What does the medical community recommend?

What tools are out there that I can use now?

  • Prevention: First, there is an app called Re-Think that all of us can download on our child’s devices that proactively stops hurtful messages before they are posted and provides a second chance for the student to stop, review and “Re-Think” before sending a hurtful message, before damage is done. Re-Think is available for both Android and iOS phones and tablets on the Google Play Store and on the App Store, respectively. Re-Think has been downloaded on thousands of devices and will soon be released as a Chrome Extension and in multiple languages.
  • Prevention and Reporting: Facebook has a Family Safety Center with resources around teaching kids to think before they share. Here is how to report a post on Facebook that contains vulgarity, hate speech, threats or suicidal ideation (wikiHow). Instagram and Snapchat has a similar process. For directions, click on these links: How to Report a Post on Instagram (How-To Geek) and Reporting on Snapchat (Childnet International).
  • Prevention: Encourage your students not to share passwords or keep passwords stored in such a way that others can get at them. For ideas to help students manage passwords, check out these options: https://cyberbullying.org/password-management-software-for-teens. Some experts recommend that you have access to your child’s passwords so you can access their accounts and see what they are post.
  • Prevention: It’s a good idea, no matter what your age, to regularly review your privacy settings in social media sites use and tighten them up to match who you want to have access to viewing your content and to limit whose content you see. If you don’t know how, allowing your student to teach you will certainly open up a conversation about how they determine privacy settings and when/how/if they change them.
  • Reporting: If you become aware of bullying or any other unsafe behavior happening on-line, many social media sites are now taking reports. You can see a comprehensive list of how to report danger at https://cyberbullying.org/report/. In the meantime, you can block, unfollow or unfriend anyone who is distributing, promoting or communicating content you don’t want to be associated with. You can learn more by exploring the community standards page of sites like Facebook and use them to open up conversations with your teens about how your family’s values might align with them.

Where can I go to learn more?

Here are two other very general sources with all kinds of tips on a variety of topics:

Although we have provided these resources to assist you, these are not a guarantee that if your student is engaged in on-line activity that they will necessarily be safe on-line.

Thanks for all you do to support your children!

Jodi Bongard
Susan Mundell 
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Donna Hood Jason Morse
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