Living With Laptops

Welcome to Living with Laptops: A Parent Workshop

Facilitated by Kim Cofino

Workshop Overview

At this parent workshop, we will talk about the elements of Digital Citizenship: including online safety, responsibility, behavior and balance – what they are, why they are important, how we can make good choices (meaning open and honest conversations with children, rather than monitoring/tracking), the difference between interacting in a face to face environment and an online environment, as well as parenting strategies to support this kind of behavior at home.

Workshop Goals:

  • Helping parents understand how their children use technology,
  • Why it’s important that we all have play time with technology, and
  • How parents can tap into the parenting and life skills they already have so they can transfer them to the digital world.

Parents are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Workshop Slideshow:

Our Agenda

Time Topic Essential Questions
12:30 – 12:45 Introductions Goals, questions, concerns
What does Digital Citizenship mean to you?
12:45 – 1:00 Introduction to Digital Citizenship Digital Life: Our Connected Culture (video)

Alternate videos:

1:00 – 1:30 Important Themes
(Presentation Part 1)
What are the common themes or important elements of Digital Citizenship?

Jigsaw readings:

  1. Digital Life: Our Connected Culture (CSM)
  2. New Zealand Digital Citizen (definition)
  3. Be a Good Digital Citizen (CSM)
  4. Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
  5. Calgary Board of Education: Digital Citizenship
  6. Understanding Digital Kids by Ian Jukes
1:30 – 2:00 Digital Citizenship Examples What does Digital Citizenship look like in other school communities?

2:00 – 2:30 Developing Strategies Together
(Presentation Part 2 & 3)
How can we develop some strategies together?

Jigsaw readings:

  1. A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety (CSM)
  2. How a Tech-Break Can Help Students Refocus
  3. Rules of the Road for Parents in the Digital Age (CSM)
  4. Tips for Talking with Kids (PBS)
  5. Managing Multitasking (CSM)
  6. How to: Talk to Children About Online Safety (Mashable)
  7. Edutopia Parents Guide to 21st Century Learning
  8. 5 Tips for Parenting in a 1:1 World (KIS)
  9. The Myth of Online Predators (TDB)
  10. omg. My Mom’s on Facebook (NYT)
  11. Setting Computer Limits (CSM)
  12. The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook
  13. 5 Ways to Help Kids Find Balance(CSM)

Workshop Resources

Selected Resources from YIS

General Digital Citizenship Resources

General Educational Technology Resources for Parents