Parent Resources

Explaining the News to our Kids

posted Nov 16, 2015, 12:15 PM by Karen Trenosky

In light of recent tragic events in Europe, it comes as no surprise to parents that children of all ages are hearing and seeing the news across social media faster than we can get a handle on it ourselves. Here are some resources about how to talk to your children about what they see and hear in the news.

A blog worth reading...

posted Oct 6, 2015, 8:05 AM by Karen Trenosky   [ updated Oct 6, 2015, 8:05 AM ]

With all these blogs out there, what one is worth reading? I enjoy this one from the makers at Common Sense Media. They give great ideas, tips and advice on media and technology.

Common Sense Media Tools

posted Oct 6, 2015, 7:41 AM by Karen Trenosky

Download and share these documents with your student!


What is the impact of advertising on teens?

posted Apr 14, 2015, 11:46 AM by Karen Trenosky   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 11:47 AM ]

Teens are one of the most important demographics for marketers. Their brand preferences are still gelling, they have money to spend, and they exert a strong influence on their parents' spending (even on big-ticket items such as cars). Because 25 percent of teens access the Internet through mobile devices, companies are targeting them where they hang out: in apps, in games, and on websites that stream music and video and offer other downloadable content.

Media Resources for Families

posted Nov 7, 2014, 8:01 AM by Karen Trenosky   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 8:01 AM ]

Connecting Families

Connecting Families is designed to support and empower families in raising kids who think critically, participate responsibly, and behave ethically in their online lives. Download their FAMILY TOOLBOX to further support the home-school connection. Pick from and share from resources (printed or electronically) throughout the year to help parents continue authentic conversations at home with their children.

SBAC Testing and how to prepare.

posted Oct 22, 2014, 11:44 AM by Karen Trenosky   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 11:45 AM ]

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or more commonly known as the SBAC, is the new standardized test that our juniors will be taking in the spring. Unlike most tests in the past, this exam is being taken on a computer and uses the internet. To help your student prepare for computer based testing, here is some more information from the folks at Common Sense Media. They have resources related to the SAT's and ACT's offer apps tools for training online.

3 Great Parent Resources for Learning and Attention Issues

posted Sep 26, 2014, 11:34 AM by Karen Trenosky   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 11:34 AM ]

From Common Sense Media:

Finding and choosing the best apps and learning tools can be a challenge for any family. But if you have a kid with learning and attention issues, you may face even greater difficulty figuring out which tools will be the best fit for your kid's specific needs.

Click here to

A Parents Guide to Facebook

posted Sep 19, 2014, 12:28 PM by Karen Trenosky

iKeepSafe is thrilled to announce the launch of the revised 2012 edition of “A Parent’s Guide to Facebook”, written by’s Larry Magid and Anne Collier. As Facebook continues to change, the authors have updated the parent guide’s content to reflect the most recent features and policies on Facebook.

Have a conversation: What is Copyright and Fair Use?

posted Sep 12, 2014, 12:05 PM by Karen Trenosky   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 12:05 PM ]

Check out this video from Common Sense Media. Have a conversation with your student about what is copyright and fair use. 

Smart Screen Time Tips

posted Sep 9, 2014, 10:09 AM by Karen Trenosky

Your student now has a Chromebook and another device that takes up their time. Whether it’s mastering math or practicing social skills, today’s screens can teach important lessons. Get tips on how to make the most of your kids' screen time.

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