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Parent Tech Tips

Personal Cell Phones:
  • Social Media Apps are designed to be used by those who are 13 and older.
  • If an app has an "anonymous" aspect, then it is more likely to be an easy way for people to cyberbully and use inappropriate language. 
  • App Guide for Parents by Josh Ochs: https://smartsocial.com/app-guide-parents-teachers/
    • Guide is categorized in zones: Green, Gray, Red, and Dangerous Social Media Challenges 
  • How can a parent understand their child's screen time and app usage?
 
Common Sense Media  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.
  • reviews of apps, books, movies, etc.
  • Parent guides
 
Parental Controls
"Figuring out what kind of parental control is best is entirely based on your own family's needs. Some families can get by with simple, free browser settings to filter inappropriate content. Some families need help clamping down on screen time. Some folks are cool with spot-checks on their kids' devices. Wherever you are in your search, this guide can help you make sense of the wide array of options for managing your family's devices. Find the answers to parents' most frequently asked questions about parental controls." https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-parental-controls
 
Chromebook Presentation from Beginning of Year Middle School Parent Night
 
Searching the Web
  • When students are at home, search engines will not filter as well as when they are at school. Consider using Kiddle.co as your child's search engine. It is still a Google Search but it is designed as a safe search for students. (Here are other search engines you could use as a student.)
  • The St. Rita library has many wonderful online databases to use for research.
  • As an older student you may want to ensure you are using a Safe Search. Utilizing Google's "advanced search" you can make your search extremely specific. When using "advanced search" make sure Safe Search is on to filter results.