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1 Parenting the “Net Generation” What makes our kids “click”?
RC MacDonald PAC April 23, 2012 RC MacDonald Elementary

2 What do we want for our kids?
Love and Care Security Safety Health Emotional wellness Healthy Esteem Confidence Social Skills Happiness Success Freedom Citizenship Integrity Education Social Responsibility

3 Some 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?

4 Some 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?

5 Learning Intentions To 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

6 Remember When… Life was a lot simpler when we were kids… Right???

7 The World has changed… Thomas Friedman “The World is Flat”

8 For our children… Our children have never not known the Internet
Information is free Communication is seamless They are wireless, yet always connected Slide 8 or 9 might be a nice place to put the Batman (utility belt) and terminator (integrated) pics. What do you think?

9 They are Terminators - fully integrated beings
“Google” has always been a verb Text messaging is their They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp The 4th Screen

10 What are their needs? Even though the world has changed dramatically, our kids “needs” remain the same

11 Why do they go online/use technology? What needs does it meet?
Fun Independence Communication Connection Adventure Creation Sense of Belonging Risk Being heard Identity

12 The Places They Go?

13 The Challenges they face…
Bullying Privacy issues Health problems (Obesity) Identity Theft Addiction Scams Abuse Abduction

14 What “WE” want for our children…with technology
Safety Balance Healthy screen time Digital Literacy Digital Responsibility Positive Social Networking …but how do we get there?

15 What are WE going to do about it?
Generate expectations (Proactive) Have the conversations and generate ownership Prompts (YouTube videos, case-based scenarios, teachable moments) Establish a response “plan” (Reactive) Be available to “support not punish” Preserve your relationship and attachment Building 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 here Sands – IM, Text msg. and Facebook Truss – Blog and Flickr Gary – Webcam and YouTube


17 Be Involved and connected…
Get online… Communicate… Share… Interact… Play games… Watch… Create… Engage… …with THEM!

18 Contact information and Resources Dave Sands or Site This is only the beginning…

19 Homework… 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.

20 Flow Theory - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Arousal Anxiety FLOW Worry Control CHALLENGES Relaxation Apathy Boredom SKILLS

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