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

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Dr. Rita Oates  
Wendy Weiler  

Did your mama warn about sexting, cyberbullying and watching what you post on Snapchat and Instagram? Parents today have new parenting challenges and issues created by technology at school and home. After the pandemic shift to virtual learning, new challenges arose at home, too. Let's help parents help us!

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will see links to multiple resources and videos on the poster. The slides and handouts for a model presentation to a PTA or similar group will be provided in the digital tote, with permission for use in their teaching situation.
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Parents today confront challenges and issues created by digital technology at school and home, now heightened by the shift to virtual learning in the 2020 pandemic. The objective of this session is to inspire educators with ideas of how they can educate parents to be better digital citizens themselves and help their children as well. This can help in the digital shift we are seeing in schools and in society. The presenter will show how educators 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. 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 presentations made to PTAs, where parents voiced concerns about allowing students access to the internet, Facebook, cell phones, social media and other technology. (The lead presenter has spoken to more than a thousand PTAs in public and private schools about technology in education in her career.) 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 speaking to 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 the district or school website are also shared. We need parents to support use of technology, both with their children at home, and in the voting booth when we ask for funding for new technology for our districts. These stakeholders need to feel they are part of the solution to the educational challenges created in this ever-more-digital school setting.

Supporting research

Anderson, M. (2016). 6 takeaways about how parents monitor their teen’s digital activities. • 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: • Moore, A. and Hofer, B. (2010). The iConnected Parent. Simon and Schuster. • Nourbakhsh, I. (2015). Parenting for Technology Futures. • Websites:,,,,,,,,

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Dr. Rita Oates, Oates Associates
Wendy Weiler, Weiler Associates LLC

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