Parents

Welcome, parents!

Please explore the links below for information on tech integration at MCDS; parenting tips and student expectations around technology; media literacy; practical information to help you and your child manage technology at home; resources for keyboarding, digital citizenship, programming and more!

MCDS Logo MCDS TECH PHILOSOPHY, POLICIES, GUIDELINES, & PARENTING RESOURCES     
MCDS Lower School Tech Integration
MCDS Upper School Tech Parenting Tips
MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grades 5-8
MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grade 4
MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grade 3
MCDS Tech Responsible Use Policy, Grades 1&2
Chromebook FAQs
iPad FAQs
Upper School Parent presentation – March 9, 2016
Upper School Parent Presentation – October 18, 2016
Upper School Parent Presentation – March 30, 2017
 I WANT TO FILTER CONTENT / MONITOR MY CHILD’S TECH HABITS
MCDS Recommends: Slide Deck
Video: Dan Siegel advises parents re: social media
Circle with Disney
Circle Go
Qustodio
Popular App Guide – SafeSmartSocial
True / Extreme Tech Case Studies
Hypothetical Tech Scenarios – 7th-8th Grade
Hypothetical Tech Scenarios – 4th-6th Grade


I’M THINKING OF GETTING MY CHILD A CELL PHONE
CSM on Cell Phone Parenting
Netsmartz Resource
Family Online Safety Institute
CSM Sample Family Media Agreement
CSM on social media
 DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, SCREEN TIME & ONLINE SAFETY     
Common Sense Media: Parent Concerns
Common Sense Media: Screen Time
Lisa Guernsey’s Ted Talk on Screen Time
Devorah Heitner: Raising Digital Natives
Common Sense Media: K-5
Common Sense Media: Social Media for Adolescents
Sample Family Media Agreement
Sample Customizable Device Contract
Digital Glossary
Katie Greer: Online Safety
Catherine Steiner-Adair: Family Relationships in the Digital Age
Family Online Safety Institute
Netsmartz
The Lab Method–“Tech Talk Deck”
 ELEMENTARY RECOMMENDED APPS
Index of recommended iPad apps–K-4
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)