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ParentU Technology Workshop

by Detective Zack LaFerriere

Technology is an amazing and very necessary skill for our children to embrace that can help ensure their future success. Unfortunately, technology can laso be a doubled-edged sword. The best safeguard against online dangers is being informed and communicating your expectations to your child. That’s what the Parent U Technology Workshop is all about. We are the first generation of parents to face the challenge of safeguarding our children’s use of social media, smart phones and other technologies. To be effective at this we need to become net-savvy parents, talk with our children about our expectation and protect our household devices. The below presentation will help you achieve these goals.

Below you will find the technology resources referenced during the Parent U Technology Workshop.  The majority of the statistics presented can be further reviewed by visiting PEW Research Center.

Cell Phones

FACT: 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones. The question is not if your child has a cell phone, but rather is your child’s cell phone use inline with your expectations? Below are helpful resources…

  1. Article: Kids & Cell Phones
  2. Set up your passcode:
    1. iDevice
    2. Andriod
  3. Set up Restrictions:
    1. iDevice
  4. Exif image metadata
  5. Ask.fm – Change.org Petition
  6. Child-Parent Cell phone Contract
  7. Looking for ways to protect your child’s identity… read here.

    Child-Parent Cell Phone Contracts play an important role with setting the parental expectations of how your child uses their cell phone. Please download a copy, sit down with your child, and use the contract as a guide to outline your expectations of cell phone use in your household.
    Download Contract

Social Media

Regarding teens and internet usage, 95% of teens ages 12-17 use the internet and  eight in ten online teens use some kind of social media.

  1. Glossary of Terms & www.LearnTheNet.com
  2. Protect your digital footprint
  3. Adjust Your Facebook Profile Privacy Settings

    Conversation Starters:

    1. Have you ever received a harassing, demeaning, or teasing digital message? Do you know someone who has?
    2. Why do you think it is easier for kids to do something spiteful and mean online, as opposed to face-to-face? Can you think of others things people do in the online world they would be hesitant to do in the offline world?
    3. What do you think you should do if you see bullying going on online?
  4. Child-Parent Social Media Contract
    Child-Parent Social Media Contracts play an important role with setting the parental expectations of how your child uses social media. Please download a copy, sit down with your child, and use the contract as a guide to outline your expectations of social media for your child.Download Contract

Video Games

As many of you already know, the connection between teen violence and video games is an ongoing topic that’s hotly debated .  There is still ongoing research which has yet to answer many questions regarding the far reaching effects of video game usage. However research does indicate that parents should be cautious about what games and other media their teens are exposed to and we’ve added some helpful resources…

  1. Article: Video Game Resources for Parents
  2. ESRB Ratings
  3. Setting Parent Controls:
    1. Wii
    2. Xbox
    3. PS4
  4. Child-Parent Video Game Contract
    Child-Parent Video Game Contracts play an important role with setting the parental expectations of how your child uses video games and their video console. Please download a copy of the video game contract, sit down with your child, and use the contract as a guide to outline your expectations of video game usage in your household.Download Contract

Internet Protection

  1. OpenDNS (protect all devices)
    When you set up OpenDNS Home on your router, your settings take effect across everything on your home network. In addition to computers, this includes your kids’ Xbox, Playstation, Wii, DS, iPad, and even their iPhone.
  2. WOT (Web of Trust)