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.


12 Days of STEAM Holiday Activities For Kids

This time of year, there is always a lot of time off from school, work, and extracurricular activities. So, what are kids supposed to do with all that extra time? Keep their brains learning, exploring, and developing with STEAM activities. Click here to learn more.

Kids' Holiday Movie Guide 2017

The 2017 holiday movie season has "Star Wars," superheroes, true stories, and more. Click here to find out what to see with your kids this year -- and what to skip!


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.

6 Truths about Parenting Tweens in the Digital Age

Parenting tweens in the digital age, balancing their need for autonomy with residual kid-like behavior. Social media has added additional challenges. Click here to read this article for advice from Devorah Heitner, PhD, author of Screenwise.

Dad Warns of Message Feature in Popular Music App

A concerned dad in Illinois is using social media to alert parents everywhere about a feature hidden in Click here for the full article.

These Are Apps to Look for on Your Kid's Phone

Locked doors and whispered phone calls of the past have been replaced with apps that look harmless, and are designed to be mistaken for some of the most common features on smartphones. Click here to read more.


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 8,200-student Lower Merion School District is working to put experts' advice into action.

Originally Published Online, January 7, 2015


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

Ms. Jennifer Goldberg

Elementary Technology Specialist

Lower Merion School District