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With today’s kids accessing media in a number of different ways throughout the day, lessons on digital citizenship are more important than ever. However, the critical learning our kids need won’t happen with just one person having a single conversation.
As a parent, I’ve talked to my kids about the importance of being kind on and offline and have worked hard to foster interests that make my kids want to unplug in favor of digital wellbeing. I encourage other parents to have conversations at home to reinforce kindness, change the way we talk about screen time so it feels like less of a battle, and model expected behavior— especially when it comes to managing our own tech use.
At school, I remind my middle school students to be conscious about their digital footprint. I encourage them to be mindful of what they capture and share online to be respectful and stay safe in the digital world. I also urge them to prioritize classwork over watching YouTube and computer games. The struggle is real in the classroom too!
As a parent and teacher, I want the teens I know to be safe, confident explorers online and off. For this to happen, conversations about safety need to happen at home and be reinforced in school and vice versa.