Resources for Parents

  • Parenting in a Digital Age

    Elementary Instructional Technology Resources (2019) WCASD has compiled resources for elementary families to support their child's learning at home with resources regarding district-supported databases as well as digital citizenship. Also included is a presentation on what educational technology looks and feels like in our elementary classrooms.

    In the News: Back to School Tech Advice for Parents

    Common Sense Media: New School Year Screen-Time Rules from a Teacher and Mom

    Common Sense Media: Four Tips for Keeping Tech in Check at Bedtime

    Promoting Cyber Safety

    What's that App?

    Smart Social: Social Media App Guide for Parents and Teachers - From Josh Ochs, author of Light, Bright, and Polite, this resource helps parents understand the myriad of social media apps, which ones are safe, which ones to avoid, and how to help your student create a positive digital presence. Consider joining Smart Social's Parent Univiversity to keep up on trends in social media that could impact your kids.

    Helpful Resources

    National Online Safety Guides for Parents - Quick and convenient downloadable guides for what parents need to know about many popular Internet platforms and trends.

    One of the biggest challenges today is keeping our children safe online. To help all schools address age appropriate issues with the Internet and the use of cell phones and other mobile devices the WCASD will be using the comprehensive curriculum from Common Sense Media. This will help ensure that all students are equipped with the skills and habits to use technology productively.

    Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Control - View Common Sense Media's article featuring parental control options to stay informed of your child's digital experiences.

    Cyber Sensible - Products and tools to manage your digital life and keep your family safe.

    Internet Matters - This site provides an extremely comprehensive, well organized, and easy to use guide for keeping children of all ages safe online.

    Parents' Guide to Instagram - This site gives parents information on the uses of Instagram and  the privacy setting from parents that work at the company.

    The Cyberbullying Research Center offers resources for parents and teachers for helping kids stay safe online and use other technologies like cell phones responsibly

    Onguard Online- Created by the federal government with games, videos and other resources for teaching kids of all ages and adults about online safety. Be sure to download the parent guide Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online available free at this site.

    Online Safety Resources for Families - Comprehesive guide to protecting your identity online, cyberbullying, digital citizenship, protecting your computer from intrusions and maleware, and more.

    WiredSafety- Internet safety and information on responding to incidents of cyberbullyng

    Protecting Kids Online

    Family Online Safety Institute and the National PTA resources

    Use Parental Controls on Your Child's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch - Utilize Apple's resources for setting up restrictions on your child's device.

    App Alert - Mappen App and a Safety Guide for Parents

    Shape the Sky Downloadable Resources - Presented at Henderson High School in November 2017, Shape the Sky is a network of parents, educators, clinicians and media who have come together to enrich the online experience for our children through better education and more effective communication.

    Lifelong and Lifewide Learning
    Family Media Agreements

    Parent/Child Agreement on using electronic devices and social media by grade-level (From Common Sense Media)

    Setting Up Parental Controls on Home Routers

    Comcast

    Verizon

    Check your router manual for more information.


    West Chester School District promotes through its curriculum, instructional practices, and technology tools active engagement in the digital world. We want our students to produce content, not simply consume it passively. Through a partnership between home and school, we can shape critical thinkers, effective communicators, good digital citizens, and life-long learners, equipped to achieve their personal best in an increasingly technological world.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic please contact:

    Jennifer Southmayd
    Elementary Instructional Technology Coordinator
    jsouthmayd@wcasd.net  

    Mary Beth Clifton
    Secondary Instructional Technology Coordinator
    mclifton@wcasd.net 


    We have to be cognizant of a new digital divide—the disparity between students who use technology to create, design, build, explore, and collaborate and those who simply use technology to consume media passively.

    2017 National Education Technology Plan Update 

    Instructional Technology