Presentation on theme: "Parenting the “Net Generation” What makes our kids “click”?"— Presentation transcript:
1Parenting the “Net Generation” What makes our kids “click”? RC MacDonald PACApril 23, 2012RC MacDonald Elementary
2What do we want for our kids? Love and CareSecuritySafetyHealthEmotional wellnessHealthy EsteemConfidenceSocial SkillsHappinessSuccessFreedomCitizenshipIntegrityEducationSocial Responsibility
3Some Questions…How many of you have a personal profile online? (Facebook? MySpace? Twitter)Who here engages in IM? Texting?How many of you have an iPod/iPhone? Smart Phone? Tablet ?Who plays video games?
4Some questions we will address… Why does it matter……where your computers are located in your home?…if you place limits on your Children’s computer use?…if you have a conversation with your child about Internet Safety and/or Cyberbullying?…if you create and adopt family expectations for children around online /computer use?
5Learning IntentionsTo gain a better understanding of our children and their needs.To examine our children’s use of technology.To increase our awareness of the potential dangers and challenges around technology use.To provide you support and resources to better understand these issues.To encourage practical, proactive parenting strategies to maintain connections and support your children around healthy technology use.Sands
6Remember When…Life was a lot simpler when we were kids…Right???
7The World has changed…Thomas Friedman “The World is Flat”
8For our children… Our children have never not known the Internet Information is freeCommunication is seamlessThey are wireless, yet always connectedSlide 8 or 9 might be a nice place to put the Batman (utility belt) and terminator (integrated) pics. What do you think?
9They are Terminators - fully integrated beings “Google” has always been a verbText messaging is theirThey have rarely mailed anything using a stampThe 4th Screen
10What are their needs?Even though the world has changed dramatically, our kids “needs” remain the same
11Why do they go online/use technology? What needs does it meet? FunIndependenceCommunicationConnectionAdventureCreationSense of BelongingRiskBeing heardIdentity
13The Challenges they face… BullyingPrivacy issuesHealth problems (Obesity)Identity TheftAddictionScamsAbuseAbduction
14What “WE” want for our children…with technology Safety Balance Healthy screen timeDigital LiteracyDigital ResponsibilityPositiveSocial Networking…but how do we get there?
15What are WE going to do about it? Generate expectations (Proactive)Have the conversations and generate ownershipPrompts (YouTube videos, case-based scenarios, teachable moments)Establish a response “plan” (Reactive)Be available to “support not punish”Preserve your relationship and attachmentBuilding fences or teaching how to swim? Unless we get in the water with them, we will not be a presence in their world. We need to teach them how to behave in a virtual and a real world.BIG Examples from each of us hereSands – IM, Text msg. and FacebookTruss – Blog and FlickrGary – Webcam and YouTube
17Be Involved and connected… Get online…Communicate…Share…Interact…Play games…Watch…Create…Engage……with THEM!
18Contact information and ResourcesDave SandsorSiteThis is only the beginning…
19Homework… Visit my Wiki page and look at 3 different articles/videos. Go online and establish 3 new accounts on web 2.0 tools (e.g. Facebook, Club Penguin, MSN, Youtube, ePets, Twitter, WebKins, etc.).Talk to your child/ren about one or more of these tools.
20Flow Theory - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ArousalAnxietyFLOWWorryControlCHALLENGESRelaxationApathyBoredomSKILLS