Social Networking for Kids

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/social-networking-tips
http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/kids-social.aspx
http://mindshift.kqed.org/feature/children-and-social-media/
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/onlineworldsyoungkids-tip.pdf
Advice and Reviews for Every Age
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/our-mission/about-our-ratings
Kid Friendly Social Networking Sites
http://mashable.com/2010/10/11/social-networks-children/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-20005284-238.html

Simple K12 Internet Safety Resources

-this link has everything that you may need or want to find concerning the internet and keeping your children safe.
http://www.simplek12.com/internetsafety

Marilyn Western's Best of the Best Websites for Teachers

-This is a great resource for parents and teachers who want to support technology integration in the classroom and at home.
http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/stuff.html

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents




Did You Know? is intended to be a conversation starter. As you use the presentation with various audiences, leave plenty of time at the end for questions and discussion. Questions such as the following are good ways to start conversation:
  • What are your initial reactions to what you saw in the presentation?
  • How are these changes manifesting themselves in your personal lives? professional lives?
  • What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century? What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
  • Do we need to change? If so, how?
  • How do we get from here to there?
  • What challenges must we overcome as we move forward?
  • What supports will we need as we move forward?
  • What kind of training will we need to move forward?
  • What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other, our students, and our community) to move forward?
  • Who's scared? Why?
  • What will we do next? What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?
  • Is it possible for a teacher to be an excellent teacher if he/she does not use technology? [see this key questionfor another way to ask this]