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Back to School Basics for Digital Families


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uKnowKids ( has released another eBook, which means another SlideShare too! This visually attractive and easy-to-digest SlideShare will give you all the information you need to know to make this year the best school year for your digital family! Download the original eBook for the full text and a free Internet and mobile safety pledge that you and your children can sign!

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Back to School Basics for Digital Families

  1. 1. Introduction: The Internet and School • You can't hide from technology, and back-to-school time makes technological savviness even more important for both children and parents alike. Make this school year the one in which you finally master the world of digital parenting and give your child the tools she needs to become a good, informed, and academically insightful digital citizen. • Early access to computers is correlated with technological savviness in adulthood. Careers in engineering and computer science tend to pay more than many other careers, so by encouraging your child's love of technology, you could actually be preparing her for a lucrative career. • The Internet provides an easy, inexpensive way for you to communicate with your child's teachers, other children's parents, and school administrators. • Web access provides an important key to homework help. Children can contact their teachers with the click of a mouse, post on classroom message boards soliciting help from other students, compare notes with students via Facebook, instant message, and e-mail, and sign up for homework help websites.
  2. 2. The World of Digital Dangers  Reputation Issues • The Internet is like a permanent record, except you can't have it expunged or sealed. Even if your child eventually deletes her online postings, there may still be a cached record of them, and friends can download and copy your child's photos without your child's permission. Employers now routinely Google job applicants to see what they've been up to online, and this generation of kids is the first who will have their entire lives tracked through digital records. Privacy needs to be a paramount concern when your child gets online. • At minimum, she should keep all of her social networking profiles private, and only add friends she knows in real life. It's also critically important for you to talk to her about the importance of maintaining a good digital reputation. Keep track of her social networking posts, and talk to her if you see anything problematic.  Legal Issues  Safety Issues  Emotional Well-Being  Inappropriate Content
  3. 3. When Technology Becomes a Problem at School  Cheating The Internet has opened up new opportunities for students to cheat. Your child needs to know that cutting and pasting someone else's work – even if she re-words it – is always plagiarism and can land her in big trouble at school. It's a good idea to check your child's work before she hands it in. Try googling the paper to see if it resembles any other online content or plugging your child's assignment into an online plagiarism checker such as Copyscape or Dustball. Teachers are most definitely using these tools, so it would behoove you to understand them and use them to you/your child’s advantage.  Bullying  Defamation  Bad Sources  Hacking
  4. 4. Maximizing the Academic Benefits of the Internet • Rapid-Fire Communication Just a few years ago, a student might have to wait an entire weekend to get an answer to a single homework problem. But email and class websites mean he can now get in touch with his teacher instantly. Encourage your child to shoot his teacher a quick email if he has a homework question or can't find the answer to a specific problem. You may also want to ask your child's teacher to set up a classroom Facebook page or website so that students can easily access course materials outside of school. • Proper Research Techniques • Online Tutorials and Supplemental Material • Collaborating With Other Students • When to Abandon the Computer
  5. 5. Mobile Phones and the Internet  Phones at School  Texting and Data Overload  Internet Usage and Apps • It can be challenging to monitor your child's Internet usage online, especially when it comes to phone applications. Some apps have inappropriate content, so you might want to ask your phone provider about limiting your child's ability to download apps. Don't link your credit card to your child's phone; this prevents her from downloading a paid app without your permission. • You'll also want to periodically check your child's phone Internet history. uKnowKids can help you keep track of your child's text messages, check-ins, download data, and location information, making it much easier to ensure she's using her phone only in the ways you've given her permission to.
  6. 6. Download the full text (for free)! For the full list of back to school basics for the digital family, including an Internet and mobile phone contract for you and your child to sign and agree upon, download our free eBook! “Back to School Basics for Digital Families”