Making wise ‘tech’ decisions

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Did you know that Sexting and Online Safety are now top health concerns that parents have?  David Ryan Polgar from shared tips for parents.

The 3 E’s: Educating, Empowering, and Engaging Kids to Make Wise Tech Decisions

Did you know that Sexting and Online Safety are now top health concerns that parents have? According to the recent C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health (2015), which surveyed top children’s health concerned, both Internet Safety and Sexting rank higher as a health concern than Smoking and Tobacco Use.

While parents and educators become increasing concern with tech misuse, and educating students to better understand technology, there has been a drastic need to provide practical solutions to improving the ways that students/children use social media and interact online.

Now that we understand the tech misuse can be a PROBLEM, what is the SOLUTION:

The solution is:

1. Educating kids on the proper use of technology
We often hand our students/kids technology and expect them to be able to automatically use is correctly. As we have seen from countless examples of tweets gone bad, pictures uploaded that one wishes were deleted, and interaction online with unsavory characters, there is a serious need for education in regards to how one should use technology.

Being called a digital native doesn’t necessarily mean that the underlying tech, and how it should be used, is understood.

2. Empowering kids to make wise tech decisions
How do kids use technology when adults aren’t around? Someone needs to not only know WHAT the right thing is, but also feel empowered to make the right decision.

3. Engaging kids to understand how they are using tech
Adults often feel insecure around digital natives because they think that the kids are more tech savvy then they are. An adult has a valuable role to discuss social and behavioral skills, and it is best to be actively engaged. Kids can use this opportunity to be the teacher of tech, and parents can be the student.

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