Navigating the World of Technology WITH Our Youth


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Presentation given to parents at Kent Elementary as parent of a parent forum. Topics included social media, balance (self-regulation), digital citizenship, privacy, digital footprint, parent support.

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  • Parent of 2 kids, educator for 13 years – HS and elem school. Technology in HS – word processing and video games – only social with the people in front of us.. Social media is now part of what we do.Be careful of generational stereotypes
  • Avoid the “kids these days” – if many of us were faced with the same options, we would make many of the same choices.
  • Key message – BE INVOLVED. Be careful dropping your child off at a place you have never been and have no idea who is going to be there.IF we don’t teach and model, who will?Peer orientation and peer guidance – Gordon Neufeld “Hold On To Your Kids”
  • Digital CitizenshipAddiction and self regulation STRESSPeer harassment, peer agression, (cyber)bullyingToo fast to keep upFootprints – “The internet does not forget” – Alec CourosScreen time
  • Do we know where? How? What? We don’t need to use surveillance but we need to be in the conversation.
  • How do we keep up? Little bits at a time. Check in
  • I remember being this guy.
  • How does technology ENHANCE our lives and our kids’ lives?Take a few mins to discuss.
  • Technology can change lives. Just a tool?
  • Social media can change lives.
  • Schools, homes sometimes create an all or none environment.
  • If we are going to teach responsibility… we need to release some control and give responsibility
  • Discuss at the tables… 7 mins
  • Bowdrill
  • Photo from earlier This year at Kent. At home, I have replaced our toilets and updated our fluorescent lighting system using YouTube. Doesn’t have to be YouTube but there are many tools that help us to connect, learn and grow with others.
  • Are we modeling and teaching balance? When do we use “accidental parenting” (it works!... Short term)
  • Screen time, balance, when it is ok to be online, what is too much. Is it enhancing or taking away from our lives? Be in the moment when the moments are happening. Try not to always see the world through a lens or a screen.GAMING addictions, connected addictions.
  • What you post can and will be shared… what would happen if someone googled you? We need to be aware of what we share (comments, likes, posts). Think before we click.
  • The internet doesn’t forget.
  • A new stress: The strive and competition for likesPopularity, followersWHO are our kids’ friends? Have the ever met them? How much do they trust them?
  • Only post what your mother, father, grandmother, teacher, coach, boss would be ok with seeing.
  • Can we really be private when we post online? We lose control as soon as we post. Others share, capture and share.We can work to make things less public… but not private. Passwords: NEVER Share.
  • Bullying – hurtful abuse of power over time. Sticks and stones? Yeah right. Kids cannot escape.
  • Cannot escape, less empathy, anonymous and cowardly. Nonstop.
  • If someone is disrespectful Screenshot can help… but it can also hurt. Private messages posted online. Make sure you and your child know how to do this
  • Discuss – 7 minutes
  • How can we use technology and social media to make a positive difference.
  • Don’t engageBlockTake a screenshotGet support from an adult
  • How do we fight cyber bullying… with care. What does that look like? WestHighBros
  • Grassroots movement started by 4 people about concerns for protecting resources and agreed upon treaties. Made huge by young adults through social media.People are listening.
  • New Canadian resource for parents, educators, youth.
  • Ask questions – work together. This is not easy. Navigate this world with each other’s support.
  • Navigating the World of Technology WITH Our Youth

    1. 1. Navigating the World ofTechnology WITH Our YouthA presentation and forum for parent, educatorsand community members.Monday, January 14Kent Elementary SchoolPresenter and Facilitator:Chris Wejr cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by "PictureYouth":
    2. 2. About me
    3. 3. Learning Intentions• Discuss the challenges that educators and parents face in working with youth and tech• Highlight the benefits of tech & social media• Discuss the concerns of tech & social media• Discuss and reflect on digital footprints• Share ways to make online presence less public• Discuss ways to model and teach digital citizenship
    4. 4. Possible Agenda1. Introductions and reflect on key questions.2. Presentation and table discussions.3. Further questions/discussions (forum).
    5. 5. What are3 key questions/topics you would like to discuss this evening?
    6. 6. Challenges of growing up in today‟s worldcc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by 1936matt:
    7. 7. Navigating theWorld of TechWITH Our Youth cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by gever tulley:
    8. 8. Parents: The Challenges We Facecc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Wayan Vota:
    9. 9. Understanding where our kids arecc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Riley Alexandra:
    10. 10. Digital Literacy Keeping up with the tools cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by The Knowles Gallery:
    11. 11. Communicating with our kids 
    12. 12. Technology Should ENHANCE Our Life (rather than distract us from it) Comic from Michael Leunig:
    13. 13. Changing perceptions: Carly’s Voice
    14. 14. BAN? cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Topdog1:
    15. 15. OR…model & teach? cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by GSCSNJ:
    16. 16. Thoughts?
    17. 17. New Ways to Learn
    18. 18. Who taught you how to sketch this? “YouTube”
    19. 19. Balance – When, Who, Where
    20. 20. Self-Regulation and Technology
    21. 21. What kind of footprints are we leaving? What are we posting?Image:
    22. 22. What are we modeling to our youth online?What are we sharing online?How are we acting online?
    23. 23. The need for “likes” and “friends” cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Sean MacEntee:
    24. 24. What are our kids sharing online? CC image from the Hobby Blogger
    25. 25. PRIVACY? Image:
    26. 26. Profiles and Information
    27. 27. SafeBook ying
    28. 28. Privacy Settings(making the page ‘less public’)
    29. 29. (Cyber)bullyingcc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by alsokaizen:
    30. 30. EmbarrassmentHarassment STRESS Loneliness Image:
    31. 31. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by William Hook: power of the „screenshot‟
    32. 32. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Dan Callahan:
    33. 33. Make a difference
    34. 34. Don’t be a bystander.Don’t engage. Block. Take a screenshot. Get help. Speak Up! Image:
    35. 35. (Cyber)care cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by petit hiboux:
    36. 36. WestHighBros: Making a POSITIVE difference
    37. 37. cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Robert Snache -
    38. 38. Martha Payne – changing the world of cafeteria food through social media
    39. 39. Social Media: Giving Voice
    40. 40. Ideas for Parents and Educators1. BE INVOLVED – navigate WITH our kids… do this early2. Model positive and appropriate balance and use of technology and social media – Think before we click – Be aware what we share3. Ask questions, communicate
    41. 41.
    42. 42. Acknowledgments (click name for resources): George Couros Alec Couros Dave Sands David Truss Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
    43. 43. Connect With Me @chriswejr