Expanding Our Notion of Success
A-B Challenge Success Newsletter - February- March 2018
Online Safety, Privacy, and Netiquette
Since so much of our life is now spent with technology, we must ask ourselves, “What attitudes and beliefs do I communicate to my child(ren) with my online presence and my device usage?” Digital proficiency is not the same as digital citizenship, which is why children need our help to navigate the Internet and use devices safely.
According to nationally-certified School Psychologist David Streight, “Role modeling is one of the most powerful tools you have in your parenting tool belt to influence the direction of your children’s character, whatever their age. When used to best advantage, you can pass on the values you want your children to adopt so that they become the adults you would like them to be.”
Our children are constantly watching us. Ultimately, they incorporate many of our attitudes and beliefs into their own personalities as they mature, so it’s critical for us to be intentional about what we model for them around online safety and privacy, and netiquette and human interactions.
Our Challenging Reality
- Most 3-4 year-olds can download apps
- Many children can take photos and create videos by the time they are 5
- Average age for getting a first smartphone: 10.3 years
- 64% of kids have access to the Internet via their own laptop or tablet
- 39% of kids get a social media account at 11.4 years. 11% when they were even younger
- 24% of kids have 'private' access to the Internet from their bedrooms
Source: Tech Crunch, Mary 2016
Online Safety and Privacy
Netiquette and How Devices Affect Us and Our Human Interactions
Our Challenge Success Data - Grades 6-8: Most Common Free Time Activities by Grade
Our Challenge Success Data - Grades 9-12: Most Common Free Time Activities by Grade
Advice from Janell Burley Hoffman on Devices and Contracting
Challenge Success Mantra
At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. We provide families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. After all, success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.
“Our current fast-paced, high-pressure culture works against much of what we know about healthy child development… our largely singular focus on academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life – the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and engaged critical thinkers.” (Pope, et al. , 2015)
An award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.
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Attunement and Somatic Regulation: A Body Based Approach Toward Increasing Understanding & Resilience Within Your Child
Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 7-8:30pm
RJ Grey Junior High School Auditorium
Heather Finn, LICSW
A-B Wellness Website
Over the last few years, our district has engaged in work in the area of health and well-being for all members of our learning community, including social emotional learning (SEL).
We are excited to launch a website with a variety of resources for families, teachers, students, and the greater learning community: http://abschoolswellness.weebly.com. Here you will find a variety of pages and resources to support our mission to develop engaged, well-balanced learners through collaborative, caring relationships.
Partnership with Stanford University's Challenge Success Organization
AB Wellness Website
District and Community Happenings