Helping Parents Help Their Children
I often start or end may of my parent presentations with:
“Congrats! No parent has ever raised a digitally connected child. You’re the first of your kind!”
It’s true…it’s hard to lean on all those parenting skills that you learn and read about when the rules around play, friendships and hanging out have changed…sort of.
Danah Boyd’s great research paper “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” (PDF, Book, Audio Book) is some of the best research I have seen in helping all of us understand the new complicated lives of Networked Teens today.
If you read the research, you start to understand how 10 students had their acceptance from Harvard rescinded recently. How does something like this happen? It’s complicated for sure but it starts with understanding and education. My own fear about this recent Harvard news; there are parents out there that will take the social networks away from their children. That’s not the answer and in some cases can make things worse. It’s time we all come together; parents, teachers, schools to understand and educate ourselves about the new connected world these children are growing up in and how we can support them in making the right choices that will lead them to great possibilities.
Over the past year Kim Cofino and Chrissy Hellyer have been hard at work to put together resources for parents to first understand the new social lives of children today, and then help them support their children through this new digitally connected landscape.
Throughout the next month Kim and Chrissy will be holding Facebook Live sessions for parents as well as giving away some great resources they have created to help parents understand and educate their children. Kim’s first Facebook Live session was last week where she focused on helping all of us understand the new learning landscape these children are now growing up in and why and how we must embrace this in our homes and schools.
Here is the full schedule of Facebook Live Events:
June 1: Kim Cofino: How is learning today different from when we were in school? (above)
June 8: Chrissy Hellyer: Technology Never Sleeps: Managing Our Many Digital Devices
June 15: Chrissy Hellyer: Staying Safe Online: Helping your child build good “digital habits”
June 22: Kim Cofino: Social Media & Your Child: Connecting, sharing and communicating with others
June 29: Kim Cofino: Overexposed: Helping your child to navigate and manage what they see in a media rich world
July 6: Chrissy Hellyer: Is your child learning while they’re playing games online?
We have created a calendar that you can easily add to your own calendaring system. Just click on this link and follow the prompts to add our Eduro Live Events Calendar to your own calendar.
Along with the Facebook Live sessions each week, you will also get access to the free resources Kim and Chrissy have created. Here’s a list of the freebies you can get.
Conversation Starters and Family Media Agreement Template
Parent’s Guide to Instagram, SnapChat and YouTube
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Helping your child navigate a media rich world
A Parent’s Guide to Minecraft
Each resource will be released during the Facebook Live session on the Eduro Learning Facebook Page. Or if you sign up for the Eduro Learning Newsletter you’ll get access to them in your inbox as well. We do ask for your email to receive these free resources. It’s our way of tracking which resources are most popular so we know what to create for you in the future.
As we approach the end of the school year we feel the summer months are the perfect time for parents to both learn and implement some of these strategies to help their children become amazing digital citizens. I hope you will help us spread the word among the parent communities at your school.