Raising Digitally Responsible Youth: A Parent’s Guide

*Please Note that an updated Parent’s Guide for Remote Learning Environment Safety will be released in the SST COVID-19 Tool Kit. For questions about resources available, please contact us at info@saferschoolstogether.com 

Technology changes every single day making it nearly impossible to keep up with it all. This Parent’s Guide to Raising Digitally Responsible Youth gives you what you need to know in 2020 to stay in the loop about the most popular applications (apps) and trends. This information will equip you to better understand your child or teen and help you relate to the digital world that they are living in.

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth: A Parent’s Guide is brought to you by Safer Schools Together and the BC Ministry of Education.

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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”.

Click Here to Download the Social Media Parents Checklist 2020

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.