Parents

Welcome, parents!

The links below include information on tech integration at MCDS; parenting tips and student expectations around technology; practical information to help you and your child manage technology at home; and resources for keyboarding, digital citizenship, media literacy, programming and more! If there’s an article or resource you’d like to share more broadly with the community, email cwarner@mcds.org to initiate the review process.

MCDS Logo MCDS RESOURCES     
~LOWER SCHOOL~
– MCDS Lower School Tech Integration
– Recommended iPad apps–K-4
– iPad FAQs
– MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grades 1&2
– MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grade 3
– MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grade 4
~UPPER SCHOOL~
– Digital Parenting Tips
– Family Media & Device Contract “Starter Kit”
– At-home Parental Controls Feature Guide
– Discussion questions, hypothetical scenarios, and real-life extreme cases
– 6th  & 7th Grade (Student) Tech Survey Results – Fall 2017
– Chromebook FAQs
– MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grades 5-8
MCDS PARENT EDUCATION: SLIDE DECKS
– Upper School Parent Tech Forum – December 11, 2017
– 4th Grade Parent Tech Forum – November 3, 2017
– Upper School Parent Presentation – March 30, 2017
– Upper School Parent Presentation – October 18, 2016
– Upper School Parent presentation – March 9, 2016
ARTICLES & RESEARCH
– 11/30/17 – Court Ruling re: students posting racist memes on Instagram (and its effects at an East Bay high school)
– Common Sense Media: Media Use By Kids Age 0 to 8
– Common Sense Media: News & America’s Kids
– Common Sense Media: Plugged-in Parents of Tweens & Teens
– Dan Siegel: Social Media
– Lisa Guernsey: Screen Time
– NYT: Laptops Are Great; Just Not During a Lecture or Meeting
– The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

– The Atlantic: The Binge Breaker
  DIGITAL PARENTING RESOURCES
– Catherine Steiner-Adair: Family Relationships in the Digital Age
– Common Sense Media: Cell Phone Parenting
– Common Sense Media: K-5

– Common Sense Media: Parent Concerns
– Common Sense Media: Screen Time
– Common Sense Media: Social Media
– Connect Safely
– Devorah Heitner: Raising Digital Natives
– Digital Glossary
– Family Online Safety Institute
– Katie Greer: Online Safety
– KidsHealth – Internet Safety
– Netsmartz

– Netsmartz on Cell Phone Parenting

– Ozicare: How to Keep Children Safe Online
– Polly Ely / The Lab Method–“Tech Talk Deck”

– Popular App Guide – SafeSmartSocial

 ELEMENTARY RECOMMENDED APPS
– Common Sense Media “Essential Apps”
– Agnitus Personal Learning Program
– Endless Alphabet
– Endless Reader
– Letter School
– Monkey Word School Adventure
– Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
– Starfall Learn to Read (web tool also)
– Moms with Apps (app review resource)
– Parents’ Choice (app review resource)
– Teachers with Apps (app review resource)
– Digital Storytime (app review resource)
 OLDER GRADES: MEDIA LITERACY
– Common Sense Media: Sex, Gender, & Body Image
– Common Sense Media: Violence in the Media
– Dr. Jeanne Kilbourne
– Miss Representation (a film for adolescents and older)
– The Mask You Live In (a film for adolescents and older)
– KQED: The Honest Truth About Fake News
– News Outlet Reliability Infographic – one subjective but valuable model
– WSJ: Blue Feed Red Feed
– CSM Study: News And America’s Kids
– The News Literacy Project (NLP)
KWT Keyboard KEYBOARDING RESOURCES    
– Student login: Keyboarding Without Tears (1st-4th grade)
– Parent info: Keyboarding Without Tears
– Typing Club (5th-8th grade)