Learning How to Communicate Clearly and Respectfully both in Person and Online

A recent Digital Citizenship lesson at OSP looked at the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications. Teachers and students discussed what it means to be respectful in social situations, as well as the importance of tone in both face-to-face and online communications. Then as a class, students practiced writing clear and respectful emails. “These types of communication are important for our students growing up in a digital age,” said Kathleen Jensen, OSP Academic Technology Coordinator. “Just as we want our students to be good citizens, we also want them to be good digital citizens. And, we encourage parents to continue this conversation at home.”

Use this Family Tip Sheet, “Effective Email Communication”, to have a discussion with your child.  Your child can also compose an email to a relative or friend, edit it, and send it with your help.

Healthy Habits with Devices

As we head into warmer weather, the sunnier days, and a change in activities to outdoor sports and camps, it is the perfect time to evaluate the healthy (and not so healthy) habits we’ve developed with our devices. Getting Kids Unhooked From Their Smartphones by Dr. Mark Bertin, a developmental behavioral pediatrician, shares some advice about how families can be mindful about technology. In the article, he states that “strong parental involvement moderating screen time in and of itself correlates with academic, behavioral, and social success.”  We would also encourage you to check out Tech Talk Tuesday—part of Dr. Delaney Ruston’s Screenagers site. Timely, tech-related discussion topics are posted every Tuesday that can provide a starting point for productive family conversations.

SET Program Looking Ahead 

We are hosting one final 2016-2017 SET Program Parent Coffee, open to all HNC parents on Thursday, June 1, from 8:15-9 a.m. in the HNC Club Room. This informal conversation will focus on devices, social media, and setting teens up for a balanced use of technology during the summer.



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