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Technology At Home

Below is a collection of resources to assist parents in talking to kids about technology and internet use:

Managing Internet Use At Home

Family Technology Rules: What Kids Expect of Parents

From the University of Washington – a nice set of guidelines about students expect from parents. Students do expect technology limits and supervision.



Site for parents with resources to help guide student use of digital devices, especially smart phones. The author created a contract with her kids to set very clear expectations.


Parent Concerns

Common Sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. This site provides information to help parents harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.


The Identity Project - 5 Rules Every Smart Parent Should Impose on Kids’ Internet Use

This site provides good suggestions for helping to keep kids safe and secure online.

Online Resources for Parents

This Page has a collection of resources to assist parents in navigating parenting in the digital age.

Teens and Social Media

NPR reports on research findings.

This is an article in Modern Learners by Audrey Watters, a prolific writer on topics of technology and education. In this article she provides data about how teens actually use social media, pulled from the latest Pew Research Center report on teens and social media.

If the article linked above sparks your interest, I recommend reading the full report from the Pew Research Center on Internet, Science & Technology.
In this article from Huffington Post, there are several examples of teens leveraging the Internet and Social Media to accomplish goals and do good.
This is an article from Reachout, a mental health organization in Australia. It describes how teens use the Internet and Social Media as active citizens, creators, and team players.
This article, written by Common Sense Media, was printed in the Huffington Post. Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. This article highlights some of the positive impacts of teens using social media. See their full site for lots of resources and advice.

How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy
Article in The New Yorker by Maria Konnikova who has a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. She writes regularly on science and psychology topics. In this article she explores the idea that overuse of social media can be alienating.
This article by Jessica Winter, Slate’s feature editor, points out that how Social Media is used (sharing articles and playing games versus trolling for photos of more perfect lives that yours) is an important factor in whether it is likely to have negative impact.
This is an article from the Time of India that explores Social Media Anxiety Disorder.