As part of Digital Citizenship Week, Claire Wachowiak and Brycen Davis, our IICS Tech Integration Team, discussed Internet Safety and Digital Balance with parents during a PTA Coffee Morning. IICS PTA President Susan Taylor hosted the event.
During this time, a lively discussion took place regarding the concerns parents have about their children being online. While understanding that the Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, students need to be guided on how to use this incredible tool as its significant functionality also comes with some inherent dangers. We talked about what IICS is doing to help keep students safe online, including lessons and the Acceptable Use Policies, but also what parents can do at home.
While each home is unique, there are several suggestions below that may help guide students in making smart online choices and to develop healthy screen time habits:
- Talk with your child; make sure to check in with your child about their online lives.
- Create an ‘at home’ media agreement with your child.
- Talk to your child about Internet safety rules; don’t assume.
- Keep technology in a central location.
- Limit screen time.
- Be a role model for your child in using technology safely and effectively.
To help with this, Claire and Brycen have also created a resource page for parents to get information about keeping their children safe online. Additionally, they are currently creating a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page for parents to help navigate this ever changing landscape.
Thank you again to Susan Taylor and the PTA for hosting our Tech Integration Team. It was a lovely morning and we look forward to many more.