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.
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: