The students in your life will return to classes soon, and now is the time to invest in their digital wellness and instill online safety etiquette. Our new “Back-to-School, Back-to-Safety” series features resources we have compiled to equip families with the necessary tools to set their children up for success online. It is equally important for teachers, parents, and students themselves to be aware of how to best handle any potential risks when integrating technology into the classroom.
If several years in a pandemic with virtual learning has shown us anything, it’s that technology is a vital way for students to interact with educational material. Whether students are starting grade school or attending their dream university, technology is revolutionizing the way young people are learning. Yet, without online safety guidance and digital literacy, users may still be susceptible to negative online experiences, or lack balance in their approach to moderation and screen time. We hope our back-to-school resources can help to support parents as new devices are introduced into their children’s lives at an early age.
Technology moves fast, and the growing generational gap in technological aptitude can pose a challenge for parents attempting to navigate digital spaces that their children may be more familiar with. As we move forward into an even more advanced digital age, and even new frontiers like the metaverse, it is essential for parents to stay informed about the latest platforms and online spaces that their children are using to learn about the world. In the spirit of the back-to-school season, prioritizing self-education when it comes to tech updates serves as the first line of defense in keeping students safe. The more confident parents feel about their own understanding of technology, the more effective they will be when providing guidance and parameters for their children’s online behaviors.
Some highlights in the “Back-to-School, Back-to-Safety” series include:
These highlights along with additional helpful materials can be found on the “Back-to-School, Back-to-Safety” page. Parents and teachers can visit the page to start open discussions with students about what safe technology use can look like in academic settings.