Parents and schools need to work together to keep our children safe online and to teach them how to be respectful digital citizens in today’s complex world. Some advocates say the most important thing adults today can do for the next generation is to work in partnership with other parents and teachers to create a village of support when it comes to digital technology use. To that end, here are some links to help you and your child navigate all of this together safely and respectfully:
In this article, Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, Erica Pelavin and Mia Freund Walker — parents, clinicians and educators who are principals in www.mydigitaltat2.com — help you understand your teens and tweens and talk to them about being kind online and offline.
Be sure to attend the upcoming local My Digital TAT2 event:
Screen and Memes: Understanding Your Child's Digital Life
Tues., Feb. 13 at 11am at The Village Hub. MORE INFO
Speaking of mydigitaltat2.org, this page has two worthwhile videos on digital citizenship as well as other links to helpful articles. http://www.mydigitaltat2.org/news.html
Find yourself guilty of over-parenting? It happens to the best of us even though we know how important
it is for our children to develop independence and resilience. We all want to protect our children from
harm and keep them safe. But when we overprotect and don’t allow our children to struggle, they miss
out on valuable opportunities to grow and develop life skills and confidence. Here are some helpful
articles on encouraging your child’s independence and resilience:
And, don’t forget later this month we are fortunate to have parenting expert Laura Markham
present at our Common Ground Speaker Series. She will offer helpful guidance to provide
empathy and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. More info: http://www.commongroundspeakerseries.org/speaker/laura-markham-phd/
Like it or not, our screens aren’t going away. They are very much a part of our world today. You’re reading one now. But unlike our children, our brains have fully developed. There’s plenty of info out there on screen time’s effects on children. With the holidays approaching, it’s as good a time as ever to stay informed!
SEL, or Social Emotional Learning, is woven throughout the curriculum and hence the fabric of our community’s culture at Woodside as early as preschool. As our students move through the elementary and middle school grades, the program remains an important focus in the classroom. We believe it's one of the reasons our students not only thrive but also enjoy their time at school.
Maurice Elias, a Psychology Professor at Rutgers University and Director of the university's Social-Emotional Learning Lab, describes SEL as the process through which we learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviors.
Most schools refer to this definition and while most parents would gladly accept their children developing all of those skills, there are even more benefits to SEL instruction in schools including increased academic performance, fewer behavioral problems, less emotional distress, and enhanced prospects for college attendance, employment, civic participation and life-long health.
You can see why the teachers at Woodside embrace SEL throughout our campus notwithstanding the fact that teachers with SEL skills are more likely to display higher job satisfaction as well. Many of our teachers were trained at Nueva’s SEL institute.
Here are some of the many ways that SEL is woven into the curriculum throughout our school:
We all want our children to do their best academically in school. When emotions are brought to the forefront in classrooms, children are more at ease and better able to focus and attend to their studies. Learning how to manage emotions and solve problems are skills we all need throughout life. SEL at Woodside creates better students and better human beings today and tomorrow.
When was the last time you did nothing for 10 minutes?
Andy Puddicombe, founder of HeadSpace, gives an inspirational TED talk about the rejuvenating power of taking 10 mindful minutes each day.
Erik Peper, professor of Holistic Health at San Francisco State, is a world expert in the mind body connection. He often teaches and write about the ways in which mindful breathing can prevent and treat a variety of physiological and psychological disorders. Click here to learn more.