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baby-technologyIs It Time To Have The Talk With Your Child?

9 compelling questions to ask yourself before the technology conversation with your child

by Jen Cort, Founder, Jen Cort Educational Consulting
My work includes going to schools and working with students, parents, faculty and administration on a host of topics including decision making.  Recently, a group of parents asked me to create a program for students on technology use.  In our conversations, I realized this was about digital decision making concerns for parents.  For the students, the role of a device is irrelevant in other words, making decisions in person or in pixels require the same process of thought.  That said, I don’t think I am alone in feeling somewhat overwhelmed when tasked with talking to my children about best uses of technology because most of us weren’t exposed to the volume of information, devices, apps, games and social opportunities our kids are exposed to.  This is made even more daunting when we consider that many of our kids know far more than we do about the devices available to them.  It’s important to remember, while many of us think of devices as a new part of our lives they are not new for kids who are growing up seeing them as tools for communication, studying, entertainment and social connection.  Feeling unprepared for these conversations we may want to avoid them, however these conversations can be manageable, I invite you to consider that talking about appropriate technology use is no different than many other conversations you have had over the years. Try replacing words such as “passwords”, “social media” and “technology” with those more familiar to you such as “lock”, “billboard” and “doors”.
  1. Would you allow your child to put a lock on his/her door?  If so, would you allow him/her to have the only key? If you had a copy of the key would you talk with your child about when and why you would enter the room?
    As children grow, it is important to give them opportunities to learn necessary lessons and to have success moments building positive patterns of behavior. Try thinking of the key to the room when discussing passwords.  Setting up parameters for when, and how you will use the passwords to access your child’s digital footprint (the sites visited, games played and social media resources) supports a conversation providing choices for both of you. For example, you might use the password for checking text histories but agree you will not check texts without telling your child ahead of time and in return your child will not delete texts without talking with you.
  1. When are devices allowed to be used in the house?
    Devices bring opportunities for broader connections, support with organization and new ways to connect with each other.  We have some hard and fast rules in our house including no devices at the table.  But I have also found that sometimes it is more comfortable for both of us, if I text my son that I want to have a discussion, give him the topic and then find a mutually convenient time.  This approach gives us both “think time”. I also love being able to send videos, pictures, cartoons, etc. via email as means for being connect.  Most of all though, I love the calendaring system, in fact the joke in our house is “Mom, are you going to put that (about any and everything) on google calendar?”  Truth is, I probably overuse the calendar but it has cut down on the nitpicking of ensuring they know who is picking them up at what time and what is needed.  READ MORE

i_love_summer_break-300x300Back to School! Should We Ever Have Left?

by Trevor Waddington, Founder, DCschoolHUB

 

Get your pitchforks, teachers!

Bash me on Twitter and Instagram, >= preteens.  #WhoIsThisClown?

I’ll just get to the point: students and teachers do not need 12 weeks off in the summer.  There I said it.  Before I get to what will be an unhappy compromise, a bit of history.  The popular myth is kids had the summer off to help their parents tend to the farm.  False!  It was actually a combination of widely debated issues.  For one, it’s hot during the summer in most parts of the US and air conditioning wasn’t invented until 1902 and wasn’t widely used until the 1930’s.  Also, school was not compulsory, so urban families went on vacation during the summer months to escape the sweltering concrete jungles leaving classes very empty.  Some doctors felt the overuse of the brain for young people was very damaging.  We can now look past those problems.  So why does it remain the same?  One of the biggest reasons “Summer Break” has remained the same is, you guessed it, money!  Travel and tourism in the US is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Back in the day it was easier to corral the kids in the summer.  Most typically mom stayed home year round.  That trend has steadily gone down since the 1950’s…(side note, it’s actually increased over the past 15 years, but it is nowhere near what it was in the 50’s and 60’s).  With so many duel income families and single-parent households what do you do with your kids in June, July, and August?  Summer camp of course, another huge industry in suburban and urban America.  The problem is it’s not compulsory.  For many kids today summer means mastering Minecraft or Instagramming as many selfies as possible.  At the same time kids need to be kids, learn from one another, and interact in less structured settings.  It is my opinion that every kid by early August should have a skinned knee, scabby elbow, and a tanned neck.  Summer was my favorite time of year because of all the activities we did growing up: stick ball, going to the pool, going to the park, fishing…the only time you came home was for lunch and when the street lights came on.

All that being said, a number of studies indicate that year-round school – with short breaks spread throughout the year instead of a long one in the summer – would help prevent summer learning loss in many students,according to Carl Azuz of CNN.com  READ MORE

school searchAnd So It Begins…

Tales from a Mom on the Search for a Private School!

By “Mrs. Jane Schoolfinder”
Jane is going to tell it like it is, not everyone likes that, so the anonymity as she searches for a school for her child is warranted

It is that time of year in our house — we are gearing up to “start” the search for private schools for our daughter. Start. Ha! What a silly notion! The “start” for these schools started well before this summer. We have an older child who is already in private school and the search for that school started well before the summer of his placement year. These searches start in a great number of ways. They start at casual dinners with friends. They start as informal internet searches for private schools in your geographic area. You start to look to the administrators and teachers at your current schools for guidance. You solicit information from just about anyone who will talk to you about it. It can all be very time consuming and all-encompassing without you even realizing it!

What we learned from our first go around with the private school search is this: it is not about you. That can sound obvious and a little patronizing on the surface, but trust us, it is not. The school that you are searching for has to be the right fit for your child. It has to meet there needs, socially, academically and emotionally. It is not about how you feel about the school. Of course you need to be comfortable and confident that the staff and administration at said school are well equipped to provide the appropriate education for your child, but you are not the student in question.

Once we removed ourselves from the vision, it became ABUNDANTLY clear that the school we really wanted our child to attend was not the right place for him. We were looking at a place we thought our family would fit in and evaluating the reasons we wanted that school over others had nothing to do with the academic, social or emotional needs of our child. The school he attends is as great a school as the other, with another added bonus: our child LOVES it there and our family fits in great!  READ MORE

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