The Harvard Family Research Project declared that Internet-based communication methods, including email, websites, and newer social networking technologies such as blogs, present new opportunities for family–school communication. These technologies may reduce scheduling barriers that pose challenges to traditional forms of family–school communication, can convey information to multiple families at once, and can efficiently share and archive information about student progress, school policies and assignments, tips for family involvement, and other topics.
- Make an effort to understand the basics of the technology that your child is (or will be) using on a daily basis.
- Talk to your kids about technology and in particular about Internet safety.
- Know what technology your child uses, what games they play, which web sites they visit, and with whom they are communicating.
- Ask them to show you how their tech toys work and what they and their friends do with them.
- If you or you child encounter inappropriate behavior, whether it's violent video games, cyber-bullying, or online predators, address it.
- Buy a family computer and keep it in a public place in the home.
- Talk to other parents about your children's technology experiences and online safety.
The Children's Safety Network provides a yearly Internet Safety Resource Guide... take a look for extra tips and information.