Your school should be discussing and helping you and your child understand the challenges of the contemporary world.

Welcome back to school! Over this past school year, many parents and schools have reached me out to start a discussion about how to teach children to use the internet safely. So, I will start this school year bringing this conversation back:We can’t effectively parent or mentor children from a place of fear or denial. We have to face that we cannot change that screens are part of our children’s lives, so we have to teach them the foundation of a thoughtful and healthy use of this tool. As the new school year begins, I invite you to think: our goal is to teach children to be digital citizens. 

Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technology. A digital citizen is a person with the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others, and create and consume digital content.

Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner
https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/classroom-resources/digital-citizenship

I invite you to enlighten yourself about the pressure of being a child in a digital world, many of these links will help you create conversation starters:

Teachers (and parents) can also navigate through these fantastic resources at Common Sense Media:

I believe the path of education is to making visible the underlying issues, establishing a critical thinking conversation about them, and modeling. To help your students and children use better the internet, explicitly talk about how you use it to communicate with others, and what strategies you have to get trustful information or learn something. 

Your school should be discussing and helping you and your child understand the challenges of the contemporary world. Let me know how I can help.

Wishing you all a great school year!

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