This list will be edited as more information is gathered.
A great resource for parents is Common Sense Media at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.
Some internet/technology basics:
- Have comuters/laptops/chromebooks in a visible location where adults can see what is on the screen. It is very important to monitor what your student is doing online.
- No technology when it is time for bed. Not only is this so you know what is going on, as stated above, but studies show that when there are electronics around when someone is supposed to be sleeping it makes it more difficult for the brain to rest.
- Teach your student internet safety and privacy. Many of our students do not know how to set privacy settings. If you do not know how either, you can look it up on an oline search engine (such as Google or Bing).
- Be your student's online friend. By being their friend you can view what they are doing. HOWEVER, they can create settings to limit your view.
- Keep passwords private. Stress to your student that they only person they should be sharing their password with is their parents.
- What goes online, stays online. Teenagers struggle with realizing that what they do online is forever. This is called the "digital footprint." Not only do teens struggle with thinking that something bad can happen to them, but they also cannot comprehend the long term effects. It would be like asking them to start saving their money now to buy a house, the goal is too far way.