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 to initiate the review process.

– Family Media & Device Contract “Starter Kit”


– 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

– Digital Parenting Tips
– 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

– 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
– June 2018: Is Screen Time Bad for Children’s Mental Health? (WSJ)
– June 2018: Distracted Parenting (The Atlantic)
– December 2017 study: “Digital self-harm” emerging, where adolescents are setting up fake accounts to bully THEMSELVES online
– 3/30/18 – Are today’s teenagers smarter and better than we think? (Another perspective on Gen Z after the March for our Lives

– 3/8/18 – Are iPhones bad for kids?
– 12/20/17 – The Surprising thing Google learned about their employees (and what it means for students)
– 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
– Apple Families
– Catherine Steiner-Adair: Family Relationships in the Digital Age
– Center for Humane Technology
– 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

– 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)
– 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)
– Student login: Keyboarding Without Tears (1st-4th grade)
– Parent info: Keyboarding Without Tears
– Typing Club (5th-8th grade)