Fifth grade is a big deal: it’s the oldest in the elementary school, getting ready for middle school, and this year, it means every student having their own laptop. While each year will mean another grade will get a laptop or a tablet, they started at the top. Which means that homework time in my house now looks like this:
So far, my son has been really responsible with his devices, his phone really only being used to call or text me or my husband if he needs us, as well as playing a few parent-approved games or reading an e-book.
We had a technology agreement, much like 79 percent of families do. But we weren’t in the 6 percent of families who had a written agreement, until recently.
It makes a lot of sense to have a written agreement, especially with tweens and teens whose very nature it is to try to test limits.
LifeLock, Inc., and National PTA® have launched a new, free resource for families that helps parents have clear conversations with their children about using technology and agree on ground rules together. Called The Smart Talk, this digital tool is designed to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online and help build the next generation of digital citizens.
It’s very easy to use. You do this with your child so you can have conversations along the way about what you both think is fair and why you’re making the choices you are. You can also choose the topics you need to set ground rules for, as you see below. We didn’t put all of these in our current contract, since my son isn’t yet on social media. You can tailor it to what applies to your child.
Visit the Smart Talk site to check out the online safety resources and create your own personalized family contract to encourage healthy digital habits.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.