K-8 computer Science
Character Day 2018
Character Day is an annual global day that brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage in conversation and action around character (strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, creativity, and leadership). This year was the fifth annual (September 26, 2018), and there were over 200,000 groups participating — that’s 15,000 schools and over 4 million people.
Parents' Ultimate Guide to Esports
Now that esports is in high schools across the country, your teen gamer can justify gaming as “training” -- and maybe even win a college scholarship.By Caroline Knorr 9/24/2018 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-esports
Should I encourage my young gamer to pursue esports?
That's up to you. If your kid really loves it and it seems to be a positive in their life, the biggest downsides are the time it requires to get good -- which takes away from other activities -- and the exposure to game violence. Unlike basketball or baseball, esports can be played at any time of day or night without the same kind of physical toll. But esports is a sedentary activity -- so you'll need to make sure that all that time spent gaming is balanced with physical exercise (as well as other important stuff). On the plus side, esports supporters, including the NFHS, believe that playing competitive video games requires some of the same skills as traditional sports, such as thinking strategically, learning to work as a team, and putting forth strong individual effort. Being a part of a team can be hugely beneficial in a kid's life, so long as the coach and other team members help create a supportive environment.
"The back-to-school season can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. Whether you have a kindergartner just starting out or a teen in high school, media and tech will play a major role both during and after school. We offer practical advice on how to avoid the season's buying frenzy, recommendations for useful educational tools, and tips on helping your teen navigate the social media landscape of high school. " https://www.commonsensemedia.org/back-to-school
"At a basic level, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) recognizes that, as more of our lives take place online, it's important that consumers have basic rights and protections. This is great news for European families looking to take control of their personal information. Unfortunately, the U.S. still has a long way to go when it comes to making sure we have options and control over our digital lives.
Kids in Europe will have the following protections: the right to access the data a company has about them, and the right to correct or delete that information. Also, companies will have to explain what type of information they collect on kids and all consumers.
Right now, we know a lot of tech companies track the videos our kids watch, the music they enjoy, and their locations in hopes of using these data points to target kids with relevant ads. What we don't know is how this sort of data could affect our kids' opportunities in the future. Kids should have the freedom to maximize the benefits of technology and not be hindered by potential risks. That's why Kids Action is working to catalyze tech industry reforms for kids' digital well-being and advancing better policies that ensure privacy, promote digital citizenship, and protect our democracy.
Here are three things you can do today to keep your family safer -- online, at home, and everywhere in between.
1. Think before you share. Only provide the basic information needed to set up online profiles, limit how much personal information you and your kids share online, and think twice before you share your location. Check out the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe.
2. Read Common Sense's report Inside the Kids' Privacy Zone. Then talk to your kids about steps they can take to model good digital citizenship and be safe, responsible, and effective online.
3. Lend your voice. Sign up for advocacy updates to get the latest when it comes to policies affecting your family's digital life.
Common Sense Media
"Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. " https://www.commonsensemedia.org