Monday, November 6, 2017

Day 44 - Parent and Family Technology Resources - Jenn Scheffer- BPS EdTech Team

Thank you to BPS EdTech Team member Jenn Scheffer for creating this list of technology resources for parents and families. Parent and family collaboration is a critical component of the Burlington Public Schools 1:1 Learning Program. The BPS EdTech works with families so they understand the technology initiatives and implementation of 1:1 learning devices and applications. We encourage you to be involved with your child and their use of technology on a daily basis. As families, students, and teachers working together, we become a stronger learning community, therefore creating more opportunities for our students to become successful.
Please follow the BPS EdTech Team for updates about upcoming Family Tech Nights in Burlington.

Connect Safely is a non-profit, Silicon Valley based company. They are dedicated to keeping kids safe online, while also teaching them how to be empowered when using technology. The Parent Guides and other digital resources listed below will give you the information you need to understand popular social media tools used by kids and teens and help to ensure your child is safe online. 
Many kids and teens love to watch, make, and upload videos to YouTube. The resources below will help parents understand how to keep their children safe and productive members of the YouTube community.

Family Safety Basics -10 practical tips for busy families about how to keep your children safe online
Family Link from Google– create & manage a Google account for your child on an Android device
Advice from Google on how to set secure passwords – An important conversation for all families
Google Tips for Families– how to create strong passwords, use content filters, balance screen time, and more
Cybercrime Prevention– Information on how to avoid scams, online identity theft, malware prevention
Easy-to-Use Safety Tools – Everything from controlling the ads you see, to reporting inappropriate YouTube comments. Parents can search safety tools by category or by product (see screenshots below)

Online Safety YouTube Playlist (7 videos) -Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google SafeSearch
Online Safety Cards for Kids - Buying a smartphone, tablet, gaming system, or computer for your child? Download and print these AWESOME cards to go along with their new device. 
Family Online Safety Contract – a contract for PARENTS and their pledge to be good digital parents
Good Digital Parenting – Downloadable guidelines for parents of children with autism

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