Engaging With Parents Around Tech: How to Host a Digital Parenting Event

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Participate and share : Poster

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead  
Parents can be collaborators or obstacles when the topic of tech comes up. With more remote learning than ever, schools need them. This presentation will draw from on-the-ground work with schools and parents on how to host or partner on a digital parenting event.

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The participant outcomes of this presentation include:
-Understand the biggest concerns of parents around technology based on surveys from over 1000 parent sin 2019-2020
-Provide suggestions on how to better communicate with parents
-Describe logistics and setting for digital parenting events
-Understand the importance of advertising and marketing the event and know of potential ways to accomplish that
-Know what are the best community partners for a digital parenting event

Parent support and engagement of technology in the school.

Technology intervention

Models employed
The 3Ms of digital parenting: model, manage and monitor. It's teaching parenting skills through the human developmental model. Understanding brain and social development helps inform that model.

Lesson plans

Evidence of success
This course was taught to over 600 parents in 2019 and another 400 in 2020 (before COVID-19 hit). Surveys were given out at various small group classes with parents and the findings of those surveys will be shared in the presentation. The majority of parents reported that they learned new things about technology and went home with parenting strategies to try at home.


Snapshot- 30 minutes

Introduction/Anecdote from teaching digital parenting- 5 minutes
What are the biggest concerns of parents? 5-10 minutes
Logistics of a digital parenting event 10 minutes
Advertising and working with community partners 5-10 minutes
Q and A

This snapshot will be discussion based and educators will be polled on the biggest concerns they see from parents. Participants will be able to access a digital handout with resources, a summary of the presentation and advice.

Supporting research

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Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Digital Respons-Ability

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission based company providing digital citizenship education to parents, students and educators. Her company is the state sponsored provider of online safety in Utah and educates tens of thousands of parents and students a year. She is the author of Digital Citizenship: Teaching Strategies and Practice from the Field with Rowman & Littlefield, Becoming a Digital Parent with Taylor & Francis and the upcoming The 3Ms of Fearless Digital Parenting with Skyhorse Publishing.

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