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Watchful Parenting in a Digital World...Back to Basics!
Below are some helpful tips and resources to guide our families into making healthy habits from the start OR getting back on track when it comes to students engaging in social media and other internet-based communications.
Start with a quick self-assessment?
Q1- Does your child have access to the internet while at home?
If yes- on what devices (phones, tablets, iWatch, Gaming console, Oculus, laptop, Smart TV)?
Q2- Does your child have a social media account (TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Discord, etc.)?
If yes- did you know that most platforms require users to be at least 13 years old? (Hint: CSS doesn't have any 13-year-olds students...but we do have many students with multiple social media accounts)
Q3- Does your child have their own phone?
If yes- do you have access to it at any time? Know the passcode? Who "owns" it?
Q4- Does your child have access to their device or the internet while you are asleep at night?
If yes- for what purpose? Who are they talking to? What is being said?
If you answered yes to any of the 4 questions above, it's time to start being more "watchful"
This means having healthy habits in place in order to keep you informed and your child safe:
- It means understanding that you as the parent/guardian "own" the device and you are able to request and access it at any time you choose
- It means you know the "where," the "who," and the "how" your child is communicating with other kids and even adults across the world
- It means that you have regular conversations with your child about what's going on in their world
- It means you build your own knowledge of what "vaults" are on various platforms and what dummy apps are (Ex: you only need 1 calculator app...if there are 2 on your child's device, one may be a vault)
- It means you have a basic understanding of how your child can very quickly and very easily become a victim
- It means creating a relationship where your child feels safe to come to you and ask questions (Hint: start with asking simple questions vs. accusations)
The following video entitled Childhood 2.0 is not meant to alarm our parents, it is meant to inform them. I would NOT suggest watching this video with your Kindergartner through 5th-grader as it contains some sensitive content. The following video walks parents through the importance of being "watchful" to the potential dangers of social media.
Want to learn more about how to be more "watchful?" Watch the trailer and free full-length video below
CareFest- Wheaton Bible Church
This year, CareFest volunteers donated 18 yards of mulch to spread all over CSS's grounds. They also built, installed, and stained a beautiful park bench near door 9 for all to use.
Thank you to all community members who contributed to making CSS even better!
K-5 Step Up Day
Our 5th graders & select staff will visit Jay Stream Middle School from 9-11 am as well.
Our Early Childhood students had a similar experience when they visited our Kindergarten classrooms and teachers on Tuesday, May 10th.
iPad & Macbook collection
3rd & 4th-Grade students will return their Macbooks on Wednesday, May 25th. They will keep their chargers and computer cases.
5th-Grade students will return their Macbooks & chargers on Wednesday, May 25th. They will keep their computer cases.
Any families whose students are not returning to CSS for 22-23 will need to return ALL materials no later than Thursday, May 26th.
During device collection, each device will be inspected for functionality as well as exterior damage and a condition report will be created prior to summer.
Please read the attached letter for additional details regarding device collection.