On Wednesday, Feb 20, over 30 Grade 6 parents (approximately half of our Grade 6 population) attended an evening parent gathering hosted in a private home. The purpose of the evening was to get together to talk about social media and the challenges of parents and educators. Facebook usage dominated the conversation as did the topic of challenges associated with extensive online interest, involvement, and obsession!! Kids are plugged in. It’s a challenge for parents to make decisions around family rules and expectations. Every parent handles things differently. Over the years I have found it incredibly valuable to communicate with as many parents as I can to help shape my decisions as a parent and as a school leader. Schools have a responsibility to support, educate, and provide information to both students and parents around this important topic. This evening meeting was a great example of parents collectively tackling the challenges of parenting.
I was very impressed with the turnout of parents. The community is naturally very
interested in this topic. I would urge parents to rally around one another, exchange ideas, tips, and suggestions. It is not easy to parent in the digital age. We all share the same concerns, hopes, and fears as parents. Moreover, we are all in uncharted territory when it comes to technology and share similar questions.
Below is a link to the presentation. Feel free to view it. In addition, I’ve added a link to an excellent Ted Talk that is worth listening to. It’s about our “plugged in” world we have become!
This is the presentation to Grade 6 parents. This is the powerpoint presentation.
This is the same presentation to Grade 6 parents as a movie. It’s a larger file for downloading (28 mb) but plays fine.