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Parenting the digital generation can be tough. Watch The Password Battle and explore resources for parents on balancing how to keep kids safe online, while empowering them as digital citizens.
  • Generation Gap. Today's parents face a generation gap with their kids. While learning the latest technology is second nature to kids, parents often find it difficult to keep up.

  • Parenting Styles. Parents feel conflicted because of the unique combination of benefits and drawbacks of digital technology. On the one hand, they are excited about the benefits, particularly surrounding learning. On the other, parents are concerned about the risks of online communication and want to keep their kids safe.

  • Relationships. Social life and relationships are changing in digital life because the lines between the digital and real worlds are blurring. Digital media can isolate us or bring us together, affecting relationships with peers and between parents and children.

Online Resources for Parents include:
WATCH: Check out the featured videos and activities that explore the challenges of parenting in a digital age.
PLAY: Assess your digital parenting style with a quiz.
RATE: Where Do You Stand? Rate your level of agreement with statements about monitoring kids online.
READ: Learn more through informative one-page readings.
COMMENT: What do you think? Share an idea on how you keep tabs on your kids' online activities.

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, parents will:

  • Understand the difference between protecting and empowering children in their use of digital media
  • Reflect on how digital media affects relationships between children and parents
  • Gain awareness of the differences in children's and parents' reports about digital media use
  • Understand how parents and kids view online relationships, privacy and identity
  • Gain knowledge of parenting strategies to guide children in the use of digital media and technology

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posted February 2, 2010

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