In order to help families navigate the issues and educational opportunities that come with 21st century technology, we have gathered a short list of resources that may be useful to our SUSD school community.
The links below come from organizations like American Academy of Pediatrics, Great Websites for Kids - American Library Association, Common Sense Media and Tom’s Guide (tech reviews).
Setting parental controls on iphones and other devices, managing screen time, “digital drama”, social media and reviews for games/movies/apps, are only a few of the topics that parents may find useful. Please check our website for updated information and resources.
As always, filters and parental controls are no substitute for adult supervision and conversations about making good choices, especially with our increasingly tech-savvy generation of kids.
Setting Parental Controls
- How to Control What Your Kid Can Do on the iPhone - Common Sense Media
- Step-by-step instructions for setting a passcode on your kid's iPhone to lock them out of content they're not ready for.
- How to Restrict Mature Content, Games, ect. on iPhone - Common Sense Media
- Step-by-step instructions for setting Restrictions to manage specific apps and actions.
- List of Reviewed Parental Control Apps to purchase - Tom’s Guide
- Parent Concerns - Cyberbullying, Screen Time, Social Media etc.
- Common Sense Media - En Espanol
Media Reviews - Read Parent & Kids Reviews
- Educational Rights for Immigrant Families
- Great Websites for Kids - Division of American Library Association
- Common Sense Media - Best for Learning Lists
- American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Children’s Media Use
Among the AAP recommendations:
- For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
- For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
- For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
- Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
- Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
- Family Media Use Plan - Create Your Family Media Plan
- English Link - Spanish Link
- “By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. This requires parents & users to think about what they want those purposes to be. The tool below will help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values.” (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx)