Over the recent weeks, I have had different conversations with children regarding what they do at home. It is delightful to hear about how they interact with you, play outside, have family dinners and work on their personal interests or inspiration projects, leveraging technology in positive ways. I have also heard children sharing how much screen time they have and the types of games that they are playing. Some of the games that they mention, the times of day that they are connected and the online friends that they have are not necessarily appropriate for their age. When we hear about that, we call parents in and share the information with them.
Just as we are careful about the interactions our children have with strangers, I invite you to reflect on how intentional you are regarding online safety and keeping your children safe in relation to their online practices and interactions. Below are a couple of sites you can visit and empower yourself with information and ideas.
During conferences, our technology team will be available to help you if you would like to talk about family contracts for online practices, online safety, device protections, and more. They will be in the library along with the rest of the specialists.
Wednesday, February 28 are elementary and middle school conferences. Please contact your teacher if you have not been able to sign-up. On Wednesday, you will need to plan for about an hour for each child. If you have more than one child, siblings are welcome in our elementary office area to wait for their brother-sister to have their conference so that you can devote all your attention to each child. Conferences for PK and K are only for parents. Specialists from all grades will be in the library and Spanish teachers will be in their rooms to speak to students and parents in grades 1-5.
Paola de Pereira