During this season you may be thinking about that perfect technology toy for your child. The options you have are mind-blowing! Should you get them a laptop, an IPod/IPad, an Android tablet, or would the traditional desktop be best. Wasn't it easier when a Barbie or G I Joe was the gift of the day? Whatever you decide to give remember that with ths technology your child is able to explore the world and much of the world is not safe for your elementary child. This may be the time to sit down with your child and together complete a family media agreement. At school students have to sign an acceptable use policy before being allowed on the net. You can do something similar at home with your child. Let your child come up with some of the rules the family will follow. You also want to make sure that included in these rules is one that gives you as the parent the right to review and see any site or app the child may be using.
We are coming up on my favorite time of the year, Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is the perfect time to sit down with your student and use the internet together for something other than gaming. Why don't you think about starting a family blog? Two free, and easy to use websites are Google Blogs and Weebly.com. Beginning in November, your family can set aside some time each week to compose a post together on things for
which you are thankful. By building a blog together you will spend quality time with your child in "world" they are very familiar with. They can probably teach you someting! Plus you will have the perfect opportunity to talk about online behaviors and your expectations. If you do create your own family blog, please share it with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in cyberspace!