Social Media and the Connected Parent
Social media has become an intrinsic part of the daily lives of today’s learners. Our students rely on social media to connect with friends, parents and teachers, gather information and as an outlet to share their experiences with the world. With this vast audience comes a heavy responsibility. As a school district with a pulse on the culture and interests of our learners, Northwest ISD places a heavy emphasis on preparing and supporting our students. Through our Digital Citizenship curriculum and the ongoing conversations about cyber-awareness and safety taking place the classroom, Northwest ISD is committed to preparing our students in their journey to be Future Ready.
Students with strong online skills are more likely to be successful with learning tasks that require digital collaboration or digital creativity (Pellegrino & Hilton, 2012).
As parents, we also realize you play a vital role in preparing your child to thrive in a digital society. By creating a dialogue with your child about their role and responsibility when using social media, your child will be more likely to reach out to you when they have questions or concerns.
Students who participate in social networking frequently have greater access to personalized learning and build a positive digital footprint (Swanson, 2012).
For more information and tips on talking to your children about internet safety, please check out this article from the University of Texas Center for Identity.
Pellegrino, J., & Hilton, M. (Eds.). (2012). Education for life and work: Developing transferable knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
Swanson, K. (2012). Professional learning in the digital age: The educator’s guide to user-generated learning. New York, NY: Routledge.