Connecting Families: Rethinking Education about Parenting in a Digital Age


family-312018__180The goal at Common Sense is to support families in raising kids who think critically and participate responsibly in the digital world. Common Sense is proud to announce the latest iteration of our free parent education program, Connecting Families, launching in September. In this webinar for the Digital Citizenship community, Darri Stephens and Emily Weinstein shared the substantial changes that were made to this program, based on research they conducted with parents, and ongoing feedback on the program.  Darri and Emily presented an overview of the free Connecting Families program, which is designed to support parent educators (e.g., Parent Coordinators, PTSA Coordinators, etc.) who are interested in hosting ongoing, local events at schools. From text messaging, to social media, to online gaming, Connecting Families encourages and supports rich and relevant community conversations about kids’ digital lives throughout the school year.  Connecting Families resources allow you to bring these important conversations to your school, but they take the pressure off of you to be an expert. Common Sense Education has done the research, the prep work, and the field-testing, giving you the best tips and content.  The Connecting Families program includes step-by-step guides for a Teen Panel, Conversation Cases to prompt parent discussion on specific topics, and a Family Toolbox packed with even more resources to support the home-school connection. View the webinar to learn about the new Connecting Families program as well as research findings on how to effectively engage parents on parenting in a digital age.

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Digital Citizenship is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides ideas and discussions about how to help kids be safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world.  This community will help you stay connected, share ideas, and get support from colleagues on issues such as: cyberbullying, privacy, digital footprints, copyright and plagiarism, information literacy, and Internet safety.  This program is co-hosted by and Common Sense Education.

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