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Raising Digitally Responsible Youth: A Parent’s Guide

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This Parent’s Guide to Raising Digitally Responsible Youth will equip you with the knowledge you need to stay in the loop about the most popular applications and trends. Correspondingly, this guide will give you a better understanding of your child or teen’s internet usage so you can relate to the digital world they live in.

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Introduction

Our current world climate is constantly connected to technology. What do we need to know as parents to protect our children and teach them responsible and appropriate uses of technology? The answer is that the parameters of rules and expectations we put in place at home will undoubtedly guide our children’s sense of digital responsibility.

Raising children in a digital era can seem overwhelming at times. Technology has entered our lives at a rapid pace over the past several years and continues to evolve. The reality of this is that apps and technological devices will change, but the behavior stays the same. Moderation is key to managing technology use in our homes. The aforementioned does not need to be an “all or nothing” approach with absolute prohibition or full unchecked usage.

It is beneficial to maintain an open, transparent, and ongoing dialogue with our children regarding the internet, technology, social media, and video games. Remaining approachable could be the difference between whether our children come to us when issues or uncomfortable situations arise rather than feeling alone in the process of going to their peers to seek comfort and advice instead.

Technology is here to stay, whether we like it or not. The digital reputation of today’s students, or how they choose to represent themselves online, is being evaluated and assessed by future employers or admissions departments. The goal of this parent guide is to help introduce the major social media platforms, video games, and relevant trends that are either being used already or have the potential to be used by our children.

Internet Lingo and Slang Terms

Internet lingo and slang terms are often created and changed and it can be hard to keep up with them all. Safer Schools Together (SST) has composed a list of slang and lingo that might be helpful navigating through your child’s texts, comments, and social media posts in 2020. If you require any further assistance in understanding terms, please contact us.

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Sexting Safety Agreement

This Sexting Safety Agreement written by Julia Hengstler is a great resource for parents to help their teens feel confident and safe when making decisions on the internet.

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Social Media Checklist for Parents

Social Media evolves every single day – it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the changes, new apps and trends, and everything else going on in the digital world. Safer Schools Together has created a Social Media Checklist for Parents to help navigate what you can do as a parent to stay on top of what your child may be experiencing in their “digital life”.

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Common Sense Media Digital Contract

Common Sense Media has created a Family Media Agreement to help parents create common ground and mutual understanding with their school-aged children on staying safe and alert online. Included are 3 grade-level specific “contracts” for families to sign together to ensure that responsibility and accountability are established for children when using the internet.

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These contracts recognize that media is a big part of children’s lives today, even if parents don’t necessarily understand why. These Family Media Agreements are built to strengthen trust between families and allow children to understand why their parents may be concerned about their media use instead of feeling as though their parents do not understand. Allowing children an opportunity to be held accountable for protecting their own privacy, reputation, and personal information can be the start of a solid foundation of understanding the digital world and how to use it responsibly.