Action Steps

1. Get involved in their digital lives
2. Find quality content with CommonSense Media reviews

3. Initiate conversations 

4. Consider family media use agreements

5. Talk about your concerns, and tell your children you won’t blame them 
6. Set a positive example
7. Keep current and sign up for newsletters
8. Get to know parental controls on your gadgets
9. Manage devices at home to promote sleep and healthy behavior
  • Keep computer in a public place
  • Have a cell phone parking area
  • No phones at bedtime 
  • Consider your lease policy. You pay the cell phone bill, the device is "leased" with expected good behavior 
10. Help older teens monitor their digital reputation

Resources and *Faves

App Guide from Safe Smart Social

*Common Sense Media 
Reviews and ratings on movies, games, apps and books, as well as, great resources on Parent Concerns

*Family Media AgreementsFOSI Family Online Safety Institute
Videos, tip sheets, resources, blogs, and more

*Google Alternatives 

*Internet Safety Cheatsheet
Non-techie how-tos from Jen Gordon on parental controls with google, iPads etc.

Timely articles for parents and educators on the latest in technology & kids

Screenagers (new documentary), Tech Talk Tuesdays 
Featured on PBS NewsHour The drug-like effect of screen time on the teenage brain

Sexting PSA on YouTube 

Contains excellent advice for parents about bullying 
Adrienne DeWolfe,
Jan 28, 2015, 11:02 AM