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Tech Balance: Family Engagement Tools to Talk Tech and Media Habits with Parents

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Tech Balance

Presented by Rocío López, Community Partnerships Manager, Common Sense Latino Program
Hosted by Jennifer Ehehalt, Education Regional Manager, Common Sense Education

Hosted by Common Sense Education

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Talking to parents about their media and tech habits at home can be difficult. Many parents avoid the subject for fear of being judged and lectured. Rather than talking at parents, let’s focus on engaging them in conversation and making the topic less taboo and more motivational. In this edWebinar, we share and brainstorme interactive exercises and discussions to use with parents of young children to promote a healthy balance of media and technology at home. Rocío López, the manager of community partnerships for the Common Sense Latino Program, shares best practices in leading workshops with lower-income and monolingual Spanish-speaking families and provides tools and resources.

Viewers will:

  • Learn best practices for engaging families in the topics of healthy media and tech habits.
  • Brainstorm an activity they can facilitate at their next parent event.
  • Receive interactive materials for parents, as well as flyers (PDFs) for Common Sense’s brand-new text message program, Tech Balance.

Parents can sign up for Tech Balance (available in English and Spanish) by texting the word kids or familia to the number 21555 to receive Common Sense tips every week right in the palm of their hand for free!

This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to preK through third-grade teachers, school leaders, family engagement liaisons, parent coordinators, and parent leaders.


Rocio LopezAbout the Presenter

Rocío López is the manager of community partnerships for the Common Sense Latino Program at Common Sense. She facilitates parent and train-the-trainer workshops on digital well-being and healthy media habits for our families. Rocío regularly does media segments on Univision LA on topics of parenting and technology. A teaching artist by trade, she has 15 years of professional experience developing motivational arts programming for kids and coordinating youth and family programs, such as Upward Bound, PIQE, and MALDEF. The proud daughter of immigrant farmworkers, Rocío has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s from NYU.


Jennifer EhehaltAbout the Host

Jennifer Ehehalt is the Pittsburgh regional manager at Common Sense Education. She is responsible for helping school districts build a culture of digital citizenship among educators, students, and their families. She designs and delivers professional development for preK–12 educators that focuses on the implementation of Common Sense’s K–12 digital citizenship resources, along with how to integrate technology into the classroom. Through her work, she has had the opportunity to share best practices by presenting at ISTE, ASCD, PETE & C, IDEAcon, and GAETC.


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Thursday, March 19, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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