It is stated in our school's mission statement that prepare students for "responsible citizenship" and we agree strongly that one of the primary jobs of schooling is to reinforce this. With this in mind, it is impossible to teach responsible citizenship in this day and age without a strong focus on digital citizenship. In fact our first learning expectation is "to employ current technology to investigate, create, communicate, and produce." Again, to truly accomplish this goal, we need to embrace current technology and not remove it because it makes us uncomfortable.
Following the video, Dennis Villano walked our parents through a series of slides on Facebook Privacy settings (See below).
Finally, we spent some time answering parent questions on Facebook. During the discussion, we discussed Screen Retriever, an on-line resource that parents can check out to monitor their children on-line. Screen Retriever provides a free 7-day trial for parents to check out their product.
We will continue our parent technology series in November and we would love to hear your feedback on other topics that you would like to see discussed. We are also considering running sessions during the school day for those who would be interested. As always, your feedback is appreciated and needed.