Regularly share your expectations with your child about accessing only appropriate sites and content, as well as being a good person when online (even when parents aren’t watching). Outside of school, it is likely that your child has already been confronted with multiple opportunities to access content that parents wouldn’t approve, such as pornography, hate sites, celebrity gossip, reality tv personal blogs and more, all of which may influence your teen’s beliefs, values and behavior. Understand that your teen’s use of technology likely gives your teen the ability to connect to unfiltered public wireless networks (such as in a library or coffee shop, by picking up a neighbor’s wireless signal, or connecting to the Internet through a cell service). Therefore, it is important to maintain regular, open dialog about Internet use and access. Discuss your expectation for appropriate use and behavior.
Monitor & Limit Screen Time:
Teaching today’s children how to manage multiple sources of information and potential distractions is a critical life skill, one best learned before heading off to college or the workplace. Know what your child is doing with technology and how his or her time is being spent. In moving to a 1:1 environment a significant amount of class content will be exchanged digitally. By nature of the program students will access Chromebooks at home to communicate and collaborate with classroom stakeholders and to create content. Parents are encouraged to help children learn to focus on completing tasks or assignments first before spending time on games, shopping and social networking.