Connecting Families will be retired June 30, 2020.

Connecting Families

Connecting Families is designed to support and empower families in raising kids who think critically, participate responsibly, and behave ethically in their online lives.

A Series of Conversation Cases

Continue the program with an ongoing series of CONVERSATION CASES throughout the year. From the menu below, choose those Conversation Cases that will encourage small groups of parents to begin talking. Don’t worry if you’ve never hosted a discussion group before: we’ve got you covered with our Facilitator Guide, complete with our favorite ice breakers, pointers for managing group conversations, and step-by-step directions on how to make each discussion a big success. Curious to see what a conversation case might look like in action?  Watch this video to see how one elementary school led a conversation case with their parents and caregivers. 

  • When the topic of cyberbullying comes up, teens are quick to mention the Amanda Todd story. Learn why Amanda Todd is on their minds, and hear teens' perspectives on how we can help when kids are struggling with cyberbullying.
  • How can you help kids avoid feeling pressure to send – or to solicit - sexts? Listen to one teen's explanation of why she sent a nude picture, and gain a more specific understanding of the legal consequences and what "counts" as sexting.
  • How much screen time is too much? Is there such a thing as a healthy media diet? Dive into some of the latest research and take a hard look at the mixed messages about screen time.
  • What is the impact of video games on kids, and is it all bad? Can gaming make the world a better place? Take a closer look at how video games are affecting your child, and get some tips perfect for each age.
  • How early does one's digital footprint start, and how are your behaviors affecting your child's digital footprint? Learn more about how sharing videos and pictures of your kid could be a violation of his or her right to privacy.
  • In 2013, "selfie" was Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year. The practice of taking selfies has become embraced, but are selfies harmless or a concerning symptom of narcissism? Learn about the importance, meaning, and implications of selfies.
  • Technology can play an integral role in achieving success for students with unique needs and now assistive technologies are breaking all sorts of barriers. Take a look at some exceptional ways in which technology is helping those with unique needs.
  • Should coding be part of a school's curriculum? What benefits does coding really provide to a kid? Learn about the pros and cons of teaching kids to code.
  • We tell kids not to share anything online they wouldn't want on national television. See what happens when Ellen DeGeneres actually pulls up audience members’ embarrassing social media pictures, and learn how to help your kids be savvy about their digital footprints.
  • The landscape of digital drama is much more than the horrific stories of cyberbullying in the news. Learn about forms of digital drama including fake pages, impersonation, and subtweeting -- and read one high school boy’s insightful perspective.
  • What does research say about the impact of media multitasking (texting, Facebooking, listening to music) while doing schoolwork? Learn about what the pros say, and a few tools, tips, and tricks that kids can use to stay focused.
  • Have you heard about companies that some school districts hire to monitor students' social media posts? Learn about these companies and what they're looking for -- and get informed about the tech policies in your kid's school.
  • Listen to one parent’s experience talking to adolescent sons about sexual imagery. This first-hand account, told on the popular podcast The Moth, will help you hone in on messages and approaches you do (or don't!) want to use with your family.
  • Stella, a college student, shares her body image struggles online. Learn what she posted and how the experience of sharing and getting feedback made her feel. Think about where the line is for you, as a parent, between empowerment and overexposure.