Tech It Out!

Technology Tips for Families with Elementary Students

How to be Tech-Savvy Parents

Technology changes so rapidly that it can be difficult to keep up. Children often know more about technology than the adults around them. This newsletter is designed to provide you with current articles, resources, and other information to help you stay ahead of the game.

SUMMER 2018

Use Technology to Prevent the "Summer Slide"

Click here for a collection of fun, educational, and safe websites for children to explore during the summer.


Note: it is helpful to work with your student as they navigate these websites.

A Whole Summer of Family Movie Night

Take the stress out of choosing a movie with these hand-selected picks for every Friday night from June to August. Click here to see a weekly list.

Must Have Family Travel Apps

Traveling with kids is always an adventure. Use these apps to make getting there as fun as your destination. Click here to see the list.

Kid's Summer Movie Guide 2018

The 2018 summer movie season is all about superheroes, girl power, and long-awaited sequels. Find out what to see -- and what to skip. Click here to see the full guide.

CURRENT ARTICLES

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own. Click here to learn more from The Atlantic.

4 things you need to know if your child is playing 'Fortnite: Battle Royale'

If you've overheard your kids talking about something called "Fortnite" non-stop over the past few weeks, you might be wondering what in the world a "Fortnite" is. You are not alone. Click here to read the full article. In addition, you can click here to find a review of Fortnite from Common Sense Media.

The Parents Guide to Family-Friendly YouTube Channels

The digital universe within YouTube has everything. Rather than be frightened by the potentially bad, embrace the good. Parents' editors and experts agree: You can find educational and entertaining videos for kids of every age. Click here to read more.

Porn is not the worst thing on Musical.ly

Did that headline catch your attention? Click here to read to this blog post that shares concerns about what your child could be exposed to while using Musical.ly.

FAVORITE ARTICLES

What Good Technology Use Looks Like in the Early Years

Educational technology in the classrooms of young children is here to stay. Now, the challenge is making sure it is used appropriately. In this multimedia presentation, click here to see how Belmont Hills Elementary School in Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District is working to put experts' advice into action.


Originally Published Online, January 7, 2015

RESOURCES

Social Media and Children

Our children have grown up in a world where the Internet has always been there, but this isn't necessarily true for parents. Social media can be difficult for children to safely navigate, and parents may not have any personal experience with it. Take a look at these articles for guidance:
Minecraft Resources

If you've got a kid who loves Minecraft, click on the button above to see resources for parents.

YouTube Resources

Let's face it, kids love watching videos. Websites like YouTube offer a wealth of videos ranging from cute kitties falling from high places to tutorials on practically any subject. While YouTube can help helpful and fun, there is also a lot of other content that may not be appropriate for all ages. Check out some articles below to help steer you and your child in the right direction:


Take Control of Your Child's iDevice

Looking for tools that let parents know, and feel good about, what kids are doing with their Apple products? Start by checking out Apple Families section of their website.


Then read these other useful articles:

Ms. Jennifer Goldberg


Google Certified Educator, Level 2

Apple Teacher



Elementary Technology Specialist

Lower Merion School District