Regularly share your expectations with your child about accessing only appropriate sites and content, as well as being a good citizen when online (even when parents aren’t watching). Come to a mutual understanding your expectation for appropriate use, behavior, and potential consequences.
Enforce that school issued devices are for educational purposes.
Monitor & Limit Screen Time
Surfing the Internet should be done in a central place at home, such as the kitchen or family room, rather than away from adult supervision or behind a closed door. Know what your child is doing with technology and how his or her time is being spent. Technology can be a great tool and resource, but also has the potential to be a big distractor. Help your child learn to focus on completing tasks or assignments first before spending time on games, browsing, or social networking. Teaching children how to manage multiple sources of information and potential distractions is a critical life skill.
Get to know your child's online habits
Ask your child what they like to do on the internet. Favorite websites/games? What information are your children putting online?
Put the device to bed, but not in the bedroom
Parenting experts suggest parking all technology devices, from cell phones to laptops, in a common family room or the kitchen overnight to discourage late night, unmonitored use and sleep disruption. Remember to model appropriate use and balance of technology in your own life, too!
Cyber safety is an important subject to revisit frequently. Children are actually most vulnerable to online dangers while in their own home. The following suggestions are provided to help you guide your child’s use of the school device and other technology devices.
Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies and other media. Parents are responsible for monitoring their student’s use of school-issued equipment, email accounts, and use of the Internet when the student is accessing from home or through other remote location(s).