Finding Balance: Helping Our Students Navigate Technology & Social Media Use

Since New Trier's 1:1 Mobile Learning Program began, educators have encouraged students to actively explore the ways they can use the technology effectively to support their schoolwork and individual learning styles. In the same way, we encourage families of our students to continue to explore, discuss, and learn around topics of teen technology and social media use. The resources below may help with that exploration, as well as provide tools for parents and guardians to support and foster their child's understanding and practice of digital responsibility and citizenship.

  • Parent's Guide to Social Media Use for Kids : "Social media can be helpful rather than damaging if we lead them intentionally."
  • Quick Guides from Connect Safely (variety of topics)
  • Digital Resilience Toolkit from Find tips to help children become more digitally resilient and savvy so they can be their best digital selves and get the best out of their online world.
  • Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age : Resources to help parents teach their children about healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship.
  • Seven Steps to Good Digital Parenting from FOSI : Parents can download a valuable tool/guide that allows you to access links included in the Seven Steps to Good Digital Parenting. These resources provide more in-depth advice to support you as you manage tech use in your home.
  • e-Parenting Tutorial: Keeping up with your kids' online activities from Media Smarts: (Description from the website) "The tutorial includes five modules: "Online research and homework", "Online relationships", "Inappropriate content", "Online marketing", and "Too much time online". After completing the modules, parents are given an opportunity to work with their kids to develop a list of family rules for Internet use at home."
  • Parenting & Ed Tech Resources from Lucy Gray (NSCD): This resource provides a wealth of information and resources for families covering timely topics focused on how to parent to foster digital citizenship and responsible use of technology with your children.

Family Resources on iPad Restrictions & Other Features

Teens & Electronics

Protecting Personal Information & Safety

Understanding Social Media Tools

  • It's Complicated by Dana Boyd. "Students, parents, and educators will find this a comprehensive study of how technology impacts teens' lives and how adults can help balance rather than vilify its inevitable use" (Publishers Weekly).
  • Reclaiming the Conversation by Sherry Turkle. "Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity - and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground."