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Design a comprehensive strategy to help families learn to parent young adolescents on a 1:1 team.

Introduction: 1:1 computer access fundamentally shifts the way students go about their learning. It also radically changes the way students learn at home. And that’s on top of the stress many families already experience in our connected world. We can’t expect parents to parent effectively under such novel circumstances; we’re all inventing 21st century parenting with little guidance from previous generations. We also can’t expect families to embrace 1:1 schooling if it’s causing a meltdown of life at home. Fortunately, we can get some guidance from previous literature on school support of parenting as well as a rich set of examples and resources to help us get started. Many teams and schools have talked for years about the importance of parenting skills for student success. Now the success of your 1:1 program may hang in the balance.

Think:

  • Read the Parenting section from Epstein and Hutchins’ Family Involvement chapter.
  • Visit Common Sense Media’s Outreach Kit a review the available resources.
  • Review Common Sense Media’s Parent Survey and develop a survey appropriate for your team and families to determine opportunities to support parenting skills for 1:1.
  • Review the Presentations and Scripts, including the downloadable and editable PowerPoints, and modify them to suit your team’s needs.
  • Review the Family Tip Sheets and consider how they might best be made available to your team’s families. Should there be a link on your website to the whole list of tips sheets? Should they be sent home one each week? Do they need to be translated or otherwise customized for your families.


Act: 

  • Develop a plan to promote family access to the extensive collection of Advice Videos available on Common Sense Media.
  • Share with families safety and citizenship tips like this video Making the iPad Safe for Children or information about data sharing from The Worst Apps for Privacy article, or this teacher's advice to parents about apps and ads.
  • Produce a Raise Media-Smart Kids flyer connecting families to the parenting resources you’ve collected.
  • Develop a plan to promote family use of the Family Media Agreement and the Customizable Device Contract.
  • Develop a sustainable outreach strategy. Team teachers may not always be the best resources for families facing parenting crises about 1:1, especially if the team’s teachers aren’t parenting young adolescents of their own. What is your team’s strategy for:
    • Connecting parents to each other, perhaps with a cadre of volunteer parents or a parent council, so that families can find the parenting advice they need.
    • Collaborating with home-school liaisons to help meet the needs of high-need families, New American families, or other families most at risk of missing out on parenting aspects of your family involvement plan.

Virtually all of the above strategies have a natural home on your team or school’s website or learning management system. Gather up all of these resources into an easily accessible package, including a calendar of events that families can follow and a portal to the resources you recommend they use.




And, here are even more resources to peruse to help you support families:


Edutopia's Parent Partnership in Education resources - one of our favorites on this list is Joe Mazza's Guide to Hosting Your Own ParentCamp.  


The Balance of Screen Time - Edutopia Article

Awareness of Social Media Sites Available:

Digital Technology and the Brain: A Guide for the Online Family  by Dr. Paul Howard-Jones and Kate Fenton
The Impact of Digital Technology on Human Well Being - table of contents

Excerpt about Sleep:
Find More Research-based Resources from neuroeducational.net

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