Digital Parent Bingo

Part 5

What is Digital Citizenship?

"Digital Citizenship not only teaches students the etiquette involved in being a smart and effective participant in a digital world, but it empowers and equips students with essential life tools to help them navigate challenging digital-based situations." Salima Hudani

Digital Parenting Bingo Card

One item that constantly comes up when talking to parents is, “How do I know what I don’t know?” when it comes to raising kids in the digital age. We always emphasize that tech or no-tech, parenting is still largely about relationships, communication, honesty, feedback, rewards and consequences. When you add a layer of technology to parenting, there are some additional items to be aware of and some “tools” you should have in your digital parenting toolkit. We created the Digital Parenting Bingo card as a way to easily show some talking points for parents who are dealing with either school-issued devices and/or personal mobile devices. Listed below the Bingo card are the talking points in greater detail.

We have chunked the Bingo card into 5 parts. Please see the links towards the bottom for parts 1-4.

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Set limits

The average person spends over 4 hours on their mobile phone. At times, kids will need help monitoring both how and how often they use technology. Work with them on setting realistic limits as to how much time they spend on their mobile device.

Encourage problem solving

We want our children to ultimately be self-sufficient. There are times when a website or app isn’t work they way it should on your child’s device. Before running to a parent or teacher, encourage your child to troubleshoot first and try to solve the problem on their own.

Keep device protected

The majority of device damage comes during transport between classes or between home and school. Use the district-provided protected case whenever in transit and be careful when tossing backpacks on the ground as the impact could damage the device inside.

What happens when they come across an online stranger?

Just like when coming across inappropriate content, you want to encourage your child to share with you if they are ever approached by someone online that they don’t know.

Spot check email and social media accounts

Having access to their accounts is one step, but also occasionally spot-checking email, text messages and social media accounts can help keep you informed of what your child is posting. Ideally, this would also involve a conversation with your child about transparency and not necessarily involve you “spying” on their accounts.

Need to review? Check out the more parts of the Digital Parent Bingo card.

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