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.


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.

7 Reasons Parents Should Care About Kids and Online Privacy

Neglecting to protect your kid's privacy can have serious consequences. Click here for advice from Common Sense Media editors.


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:


App Collections for K-5 Children

Here are some iPad app collections by subject and grade:

Take Control of Your Child's iDevice

Here are some useful articles to help create a safe environment for your child when using Apple products:

Ms. Jennifer Goldberg

Elementary Technology Specialist

Lower Merion School District