With school being partially (or fully) online, and many kids experiencing the most screen time they have ever had, parents may need some extra help managing their family’s relationship to technology.
Activities like an annual Back to School Night often set the tone for how the school year will go. It explains what policies the teacher and school administration have, allows parents to meet the other families in the class, and is an opportunity to set academic expectations between kids and their parents. It is a night to look forward to.
This year, the event details might be vastly different, but that doesn’t mean your child’s academic community can’t gather effectively to share pertinent information. Holding an online presentation night using video conferencing is one option. Regardless of whether you host a large group at once, or separately by grade, now is a critical time to help provide new tips and pieces of advice for families adapting to this unusual back-to-school season. In addition to schools, parents can encourage their local PTA groups, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other local administrators to circulate information or host their own online safety presentation.
Putting together a Back to School Night about online safety is simple with the pre-made How to Be a Good Digital Parent toolkit from FOSI. It uses the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting to guide the conversation and parents will gain an understanding of how to mitigate the risks and reap the rewards of children being online. The comprehensive toolkit includes a presenter’s guide, accompanying PowerPoint presentation to screen share, and all downloadable, digital handouts.
We’re committed to supporting parents right from the start, rather than later when devices, apps, required screen time, and the challenges of distance learning in our new normal feel overwhelming. For feedback or further guidance on the use of the How To Be a Good Digital Parent program, we encourage people to reach out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.