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.

EVENTS

TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND THE ELEMENTARY AGE STUDENT

Thursday, Nov. 8th, 7-8:15pm

301 Righters Mill Road

Narberth, PA

Jen Goldberg, LMSD Elementary Technology Specialist, and Deborah Wilson-Leslie Gladwyne School Counselor, will present and discuss developmentally appropriate use of technology and social media. They will also provide valuable technology resources for families.

CURRENT ARTICLES

Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

Are your kids caught up in the Fortnite frenzy? Here's everything you need to know about this popular video game (from Common Sense Media).

What Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls Mean for You

The moment many parents have been waiting for -- the ability to control their kids' phones -- is finally here. Read this article from Common Sense Media for more information. Additionally, here's the Apple Screen Time Complete Guide for Parents from Smart Social.

Why It's Never Too Early to Teach Your Child Good Social Media Habits

Like it or not, your tween is probably already obsessing over Instagram. Here's how to talk with your child about social media before they make an account, plus tips from Instagram's new "Parent's Guide" for keeping them safe. Click here to read the full article from Parents.

Make Technology Work for Your Family

In today's digitally-fueled times, that means guiding your child not just in the real world but in the always-on virtual one as well. Teach your children to use technology in a healthy way and pick up the skills and habits that will make them successful digital citizens. From 2-year-olds who seem to understand the iPad better than you to teenagers who need some (but not too much) freedom, this article from the New York Times will walk you through how to make technology work for your family at each stage of the journey.

No, Fortnite Isn't Rotting Kids Brains. It May Be Good for Them

Kids around the country, if not the world, spent the year mimicking Fortnite dances, discussing Ninja’s scoperless-sniper rifle shots, and being generally obsessed with the popular video game. Is Fortnite something we should be concerned about? Check out the rest of the article here.

What Kids are Really Watching on YouTube (and how parents can deal with it)

Have you ever asked yourself, “What are they doing on YouTube anyway?” This article by Devorah Heitner, PhD, author of Screen Wise and founder of Raising Digital Natives, offers parent strategies, conversation starters, and more in this article.

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.

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