Parents are an important factor in our student’s success. Teachers and parents are a team working together for their child’s educational growth. To be successful, there needs to be tools and sources of information to draw from. I hope you will find the following sites useful in assisting your child with homework, social issues, and just the struggles of being a parent. Just click on the address to reach the site. Please also feel free to contact me at school or email with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support!
Child Safety on the Information Superhighway
Larry Magid, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, gives tips for becoming street smart about the Web.
GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.
Libraries, Children, and the Internet
Questions and answers from the American Library Association.
The NetSmartz site, created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is chock-full of activities and games and valuable information for all ages about Internet Safety. Remind kids and teens how to stay safe online as well as posting information about themselves on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. Click the “Kids” section for games that show how to ward off unwanted email messages and teaches children about Spamozoids, Hotheads, and other creepy online lurkers. Be sure older kids and teens browse around “NSTeens,” full of online comic books and videos. Look at NetSmartz411 (in the “Parents” section), full of ideas and information that parents and educators can use to start talking to kids about staying safe on the Web. Finally, watch the social networking and cyberbullying videos (Educators – Watch Videos – Real-Life Stories) yourself to help you get up to speed on what’s happening with teens online today.
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
NWEA partners with educators to offer student assessment, scientifically-based research, and professional development. With more than 3100 partner districts, The NWEA Parent Toolkit (download in .pdf) was created as a resource and guide for parents. It includes Frequently Asked Questions, Tips for Parents, a list of web sites for parents and kids, and information on Lexile—a tool for measuring text difficulty. We hope you find this toolkit helpful and invite you to have conversations with your school district personnel about NWEA’s assessment tools.
The Parents’ Guide to the Information Superhighway
Rules and tools for families online from The Children’s Partnership. Comprehensive look at the information superhighway and what parents should know to help their children use it safely and wisely.
Parents’ Guide to the Internet From the U.S. Department of Education, this guide suggests how parents can help their children to tap into the wonders of the Internet while safeguarding them from its potential hazards.
Parents Kids & Communications The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) provides parents with helpful tools and ideas for guiding their children’s use of television, the telephone, and the Internet.
Safety Tips for Kids on the Internet from the Federal Bureau of Investigation This site includes online safety tips and ways to report abuses.