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|
|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.|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
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.
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