Full course description
Starts August 17, 2015
Technology use among children and adolescents is growing at an astronomical rate. Think about how many parents purchase their children smartphones, gaming systems, iPads, or other digital devices. With access to the internet, these devices allow children to connect to other in ways we never could have imagined.
With the proliferation of devices comes concerns regarding cyberbullying, screentime, digital citizenship, media literacy and exposure to inappropriate content. For parents, keeping up with their children's use of technology can be a daunting challenge.
The question then becomes, what can parents do to help kids use these devices responsibility? When online, how can parents make sure their children are safe? What can parents do prevent the sharing of personally identifiable information?
This course provides an introduction to strategies for successfully parenting in the digital age.
Key topics include discovery of what kids are doing online, social media and gaming, tips for helping kids stay safe online, protecting privacy, security and building a positive digital footprint.
The course includes a series of videos, websites, interactive activities, discussions and quizzes. Participants may work through the course material at their own pace, but within the online discussion forum, they can also discuss course content with other students and the course instructor.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. This is an introductory course designed for parents.
Required assignments: The course is entirely self-paced and self-guided. You will progress sequentially through 6 modules. In each module, you will watch a brief video, read any additional information provided, and take a short quiz. The quizzes are untimed and you may re-take them as many times as you need in order to pass. When you answer 80% of a module's quiz questions correctly, you may move on to the next module.
Time Commitment: This is a short course designed to give you an introduction parenting in the digital age. You should expect to spend approximately 5-6 hours total completing the course.
Certificate of Completion: After taking the survey at the end of the course, you will be presented with the choice of a Digital Parent Badge through Mozilla Open Badges or a certificate.
Director of Technology
Andrew has been involved in K-12 education since 1996. First as a teacher for eleven years, then as a building level administrator for five years. For the past two years Andrew has been the Director of Technology for Noblesville Schools located in Noblesville, Indiana. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Butler University, his Masters in Instructional Systems Technology and Administrative Licensure from Indiana University. As a parent of two young children and an advocate for the effective use of technology at home and in school, Andrew is passionate about sharing his experiences with others. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.