Tech It Out!

Technology Tips for Families with Elementary Students

How to be Tech-Savvy Parents

Technology changes so rapidly that it is 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.

CURRENT ARTICLES

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.

How to Choose the Best Apps for Your Kids

Educational tech is still a new field, but parents don't have to be lost when their kids come home asking them to install something new. Click here for the article from the NYTimes.

New Facebook App for Children Ignites Debate Among Families

Some parents welcomed Messenger Kids, the tech giant's first major foray into connecting children under 13 to its services, but others worried about social media's deeper intrusion. Click here to read this article from the New York Times.

Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid a Smartphone

It's a question most parents will wrestle with at some point -- when is the wight time to give my child a smartphone? Click here to read this article from NPR.

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:


Ms. Jennifer Goldberg


Google Certified Educator, Level 2

Apple Teacher



Elementary Technology Specialist

Lower Merion School District