Get Connected with Your Child’s Digital Life

    Original Video By: 
    Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman 
    What is the Internet?   Video By: Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org
    Do you feel out of touch with your digital native as they are often talking in code using words and letters such as LOL, USB, flash drive, megapixels, downloads and more? The focus of this session is to "Get Connected" so we can understand what our children are telling us, know how to keep them safe and make the most out of this powerful tool we call the Internet as we connect to our children's learning. 


    Did you know that every time someone visits the Internet they leave something behind called a digital footprint?  On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail or “footprints" that are left behind for others to see. The “footprints” are created from your personal information pieces you provide to sites and are tracked from your email, texts, games, attachments, uploaded videos or digital images, blogs, shopping sites, social networking and any other form of transmissions you perform while online. HOWEVER! These digital footprints are not all bad. We want to make our children aware of how the Internet works but we also want them to know that it is a place to showcase our great personalities. Digital footprints provide a view into our creative minds and our collaborative nature. We want students to understand how to be responsible citizens and to use the Internet to provide an accurate expression of their creativity, inspirations, goals and products. In this digital world we will want our children to be "found" in a positive light so that future colleges, employers or recruiting officers will get a good representation of who they are.



    Don’t panic! Your children were born in this digital age and know that we can post our every thought and move to Facebook or Twitter. The Internet is a great tool and resource for everyone to use but it would be unwise not to know how to stay safe while using it. We should be aware that the places we visit and the information we share can be tracked. What should you do? Just as you strive to be a positive role model and have a good reputation, you should create a positive digital footprint. Most importantly you want to keep your personal information private! Always remember once you post, you can’t take it back. Think Before You Click! This includes your communications (comments, email, texts), actions (uploaded videos and pictures), and activities (gaming, shopping, and social networking). When we share, we want it to be productive and constructive representations of our personality. 

    In this session we will be focusing on how to stay safe while using the Internet. We want to teach our children to be as careful of protecting themselves online as they do in the real world. Thought: Would you allow your child to walk barefoot through a room where you just shattered a glass plate? No, you would have them watch where they were walking and put on shoes to keep them from getting cut. Would you want your child to walk into a job interview in their dirty street clothes unprepared on how to express themselves?  It is our responsibility to prepare our children for dangers potentials of the Internet. We will explore ways to educate, set boundaries and use the tools of today to help, not hurt!
    Be Responsible! Educate your children about being safe.    Video By: Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org

    We must realize that today's digital media is a huge part of our children's lives, even if we don't use it or understand it. We need to talk with our children about our concerns and educate them on how to avoid bumps in the road. We should make an effort to find out about our children's interests so we can direct them in the right direction instead of just sending them out into the vast world (www=world wide web) without a guide or a map.


    This Prezi will help us understand some dangers to look out for and ways we can prepare and protect our family.


    There are safe browsers you can use to monitor your child's surfing and time online.
    Suggested Kids Browsers:
    Other options include setting parental controls on your computer.
    How Well Do You Know What Your Kids Are Texting?

    Test your knowledge on the two part quiz on text lingo

    Links to text meanings:

    No Slang.com

    Net Lingo.com

    Texting Lingo –Know What Your Children Are Saying (In Code)

    Internet Safety
    Tips for Staying Safe:
    • Never give out your YAPPY (Your name, Address, Phone number, Passwords or Your Plans learninglab.org
    • If you ever feel uncomfortable in any way, tell an adult (even if the person told you not to tell or threatened you)!
    • Be respectful and demand respect from others. Never post words you wouldn't say aloud or images you wouldn't want everyone to see. Think before you post because once you post you can't take it back! ThinkB4uClick!
    • Never agree to meet anyone you have met online without your parents' permission.
    • Only talk to people you know and trust in the real world (would you talk to strangers in the real world?).
    • Never open emails or attachments from people you do not know (they may contain a virus that can destroy your computer).
    • Never send pictures of yourself to strangers or view pictures of strangers.
    • Use privacy settings on your Internet sites such as Facebook
    • Unless you’re prepared to attach your MySpace or Facebook to your college, job, internship, scholarship or sports team application, don’t post it publicly!
    • When searching online, use kid safe search engines to avoid images or words that may make you feel uncomfortable. Google and BING searches will search the entire Internet for keywords without any filter.


      • Kid Friendly Search Engines:



    Resources to help keep your children safe while online:
    Safe Surfing 4Kids
    Common Sense Media (type keyword in "Search Our Site")
    Cyberbullying is just another form of bullying; however the weapons of choice are cell phones and the Internet. Just like bullying, cyberbullying can start out with name calling, rumors, taunting, forwarding messages and move to more sever harassment such as false websites and edited photos to embarrass the victim. Talk with your children and make them aware of the dangers so they will be careful of who they "friend" and pass their numbers to.  Let them know that you are always there for them to come to and to never keep the bullying to themselves even if they are threatened. If ignoring the bully doesn't work, document the specific threats and report it to the authority. Cyberbullying isn't a joke and reporting them to school administration, parents, law enforcement, specific website officials is not overreacting.
    What kids should do:
    1. Step away from the phone or computer (calm down and don't lash back at the bully)
    2. Tell an adult (this is not tattling!)
    3. Don't take part in bullying and don't keep silent when you see others being hurt 
    Click the link below and choose your child's grade level. Have a discussion with your child and choose one of the suggested activities to do together.