Digital Literacy

Summer is the perfect time to unwind, unplug, and enjoy some unstructured time with family, especially after a long stretch of hybrid and remote learning. Instant access to technology, including computers, Chromebooks, iPads, smart phones, email, and social media can make it challenging for families to strike a balance with the digital world. Here are some suggestions for managing your children’s digital connections during the summer months.

Suggestions for a safe, healthy, & happy summer from ABRSD

1. Create and sign a family media agreement.

2. Limit screen time.

3. Teach children to email, text, post, and IM respectfully and responsibly.

4. Encourage kids to tell you or another adult if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable, or that they know will hurt someone’s feelings.

5. Set privacy and security controls on your home network, computers & mobile devices.

6. Educate yourself and your children about digital citizenship and choosing appropriate digital resources.

7. Practice keyboarding skills. Children in grades 2-6 can become more familiar with their computer/Chromebook keyboards and practice proper keyboarding and touch typing by occasionally engaging with these free resources:

8. Make screen time purposeful. If your children use digital devices encourage that they to be active, not passive users of technology. They can go on a nature walk and take pictures of what they find to research online or include in a digital science journal, record a video of themselves reading a book to send to friends and relatives, create a website to share their artwork, map a family trip on Google Earth, spend an hour learning to code at Code.org...the possibilities are endless.

9. Unplug! Take a break from screens and leave the technology behind. Read a book, play outside, take a hike, or go on a family adventure without any computers or mobile devices.

Read Doug Unplugged, a book by Dan Yaccarino about a young robot who discovers that he can learn amazing things about the world when he "unplugs."