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Parenting in a Digital World

Parenting in a Digital World Toolbox


Most of today’s communication is digital. Your child is learning, socializing and communicating using technology. You need to help your child learn how to navigate safely online and to know the risks and responsibilities of using social media. Your family’s values and expectations need to go above and beyond what is expected at home, in school and out in the community. Children and young adults need to apply these values to their digital footprint.

 

Tools to Help Parents Stay on Top of Internet Issues

Filled with information about apps, websites, and resources that parents should know about.

 

ConnectSafely.org

A Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

 

Common Sense Media Parent Concerns

Kids of all ages are swiping and scrolling, totally transfixed by screens of all sizes. Welcome to the new frontier of parenting. If you have questions on how to take control of the technology in your kids’ lives, you came to the right place.

 

iRules for smartphone contract

Your iRules are based on your family’s values and philosophies. In doing so, each family must outline and identify what principles and values they use as parenting cornerstones every day, then adapt and apply those to the technology. Ultimately this will result in a set of iRules that carry the same parenting philosophies that currently exist in the home.

 

Netsmartz.org

Created through a partnership between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, this organization “provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.” This site provides activities and guides for younger childrentweens and older teenagers.

The SmartTalk

Gets parents and kids together to have a clear conversation about all the devices you use and how to be responsible.

The Most Dangerous Apps of 2017

To help parents out, educateempowerkids.org compiled a list of this year’s most popular apps or social media sites for 2017 that your kids may be using, listing a brief summary and any issues of which to make you aware, and what the app icon will usually look like on the phone (Gaggle, 2015).

A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat