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Parenting 2.0: Here's the Session Your Parents Need to Hear

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Sunday, June 23, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: 113A

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Dr. Rita Oates  
Did your mama tell you about sexting, cyberbullying and watching what you post on Facebook? Parents today confront new parenting scenarios and issues created by technology. When textbooks go digital or schools become 1:1, new challenges arise. Let's help parents help us and their children!

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Community outreach
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools.
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Parents today confront challenges and issues created by digital technology at school and home. The objective of this session is to inspire educators with ideas of how they can educate parents to be better digital citizens and thus to help in the digital shift we are seeing in schools and in society. The presenter will show how you can help parents understand the real issues, fears and challenges and support them in being great parents in a 2.0 world. Resources that can help parents know more about the issues and help them to be better 21st century cyberparents will be shared. Tapping into community resources such as the public library may offer opportunities parents don't know about. How much screen time is too much? How do families find online videos appropriate for younger children? How do you manage Minecraft? This session is based on a presentation made to PTAs, where parents voiced concerns about allowing students access to the internet, Facebook, cell phones, social media and other technology. Over time, the issues have shifted and the devices have changed, but kids are still kids who need to have parents help them set values and limits on their behavior. Evaluations of this presenter with parents at PTAs were extremely high, and thus the idea for this session to help others present to parents was created. Parents will be provided with videos to start discussion on issues such as how to respond to online harassment, bullying, digital citizenship, responsible use and posting online, and more. Suggestions of content for your district or school website are also shared.


This session will model a presentation to a room full of parents, helping to equip them to be cyberparents in a time when schools are providing computers or expecting families to have internet access for homework. From time to time, she will "step out" of the presentation to comment on how to present this information to a highly educated parent audience vs. to a less educated parent audience. The slides are made available for the audience to adapt for their own use with parents in their schools or districts.
Among the topics addressed are parent monitoring of student use of devices, what "being ready for school" means in a 1:1 school, and how to deal with cyberbullying and digital footprint. In addition, books for a book study of parents or parents and teachers are listed, to provide more than can be covered in a 30-minute session. Resources for school or district websites are suggested.

Supporting research

• Anderson, M. (2016). 6 takeaways about how parents monitor their teen’s digital activities. Retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/01/07/parents-teens-digital-monitoring
• Courtney, V. (2007). Logged On and Tuned Out: Parenting a Tech-Savvy Generation.
• Family Online Safety Institute (2015). Parents, Privacy & Technology Use.
• Gold, J. (2014). Screen-smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices.
• Kaelin, L. and Fraioli, S. (2011). When Parents Text: So Much Said . . . So Little Understood. Workman Publishing.
• Madden, M. et al. (2012). Parents, Teens and Online Privacy. Retrieved from: http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/11/20/parents-teens-and-online-privacy
• Moore, A. and Hofer, B. (2010). The iConnected Parent. Simon and Schuster.
• Nourbakhsh, I. (2015). Parenting for Technology Futures. Retrieved from: https://www.scs.cmu.edu/news/dont-let-robot-take-your-childs-future-career-roboticists-book-offers-educational-advice-parents
• Websites: CommonSenseMedia.org, PTA.org, WiredSafety.org, stopthinkconnect.org, fosi.org, digitalparentingcoach.com, digitalparenting.com, www.teensafe.com/digital-parenting

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Dr. Rita Oates, Oates Associates

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