Webinar Spotlight: Connecting Families

Rethinking Education About Parenting in a Digital Age

October 10, 2014
Kelly Mendoza Director of Professional Development
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Parents and Families, Digital Citizenship

At the end of September, 182 educators, parent coordinators, and school administrators participated in our webinar "Connecting Families: Rethinking Education About Parenting in a Digital Age," hosted in our Digital Citizenship professional learning community on edWeb. Our presenters were Darri Stephens, director of digital learning for Common Sense Education, and Emily Weinstein, doctoral student in human development and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The presenters covered:

  • Common Sense Education’s new Connecting Families program, which encourages and supports rich and relevant community conversations about kids’ digital lives throughout the school year.
  • How to host a Teen Panel or Conversation Cases -- on topics privacy, digital footprints, cyberbullying, sexting, digital drama, and more -- without having to be an expert on the topic.
  • Additional resources like parent advice videos, Tech 101 videos, tip sheets, and Family Media Agreements that help support the home-school connection.

Webinar Highlights

7:18 -- "We went out and talked with all stakeholders ... and we started to think about how can we define the needs and outline the needs to address what a possible solution might be."  
-- Darri Stephens

11:24 -- "We’ve found that this event [hosting a teen panel] is an excellent jumping off point because it really grounds the conversation from the very beginning in the voices and experiences of kids in your community." -- Emily Weinstein

15:48 -- "Each 'conversation case' is meant to take you on a deep dive into a hot-button topic. So for example this might be cyberbullying, or media multitasking and distraction, or digital footprints and photo sharing." -- Emily Weinstein

Note: If you want to receive Continuing Education credits for watching this video, you can view it in the Digital Citizenship community on edWeb in the Resource Library.

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