Category Archives: Parent Resources

Subscribe for Digital Citizenship Tips from SRVUSD!

The week of October 16-20, 2017 is focused on Digital Citizenship. But here in SRVUSD we think this topic is so important that we will be sharing tips with our families throughout the month of October. We are trying something new this year by offering parents, students and staff the opportunity to receive a text message each week with information about helping students learn to be good Digital Citizens. Each text message will include information, an activity to do with your child, and additional resources. 

These text messages through Remind.com are optional. If you are interested, you can sign up by either sending a text message or using the join code with the Remind app on your phone.

  • For Elementary Schools: Text the code: @98g32b  to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/98g32b
  • For Middle Schools: Text the code: @8fb8kh  to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/8fb8kh
  • For High Schools: Text the code: @34cffb to the phone #: 81010  or use the app link: http://rmd.at/34cffb

In addition to signing up for our text messages, parents can take some simple steps created by Common Sense Education to celebrate kids using technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully:

  1. Take the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge.
    1. Take the pledge
  2. Ask your kids to create their own pledges.
    Encourage your kids to write their own personal pledges about being good digital citizens in their everyday lives. A pledge could take the form of a motto or a slogan, a song, or a rap. It can rhyme, but it doesn’t have to.
    Download activity sheet
  3. Have a #DeviceFreeDinner.
    Digital citizenship doesn’t end in the classroom. Home environments also shape kids’ relationships with technology. While we promote technology use for learning, fun, and bringing people together, it’s also important to balance media and tech use with undistracted face-to-face time.
    Try the #DeviceFreeDinner challenge with your families to drive home the message of balance with device use: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/device-free-dinner

How to Set Up Parental Controls on your Home Network

  The internet contains a whole world of websites, images, videos, and more. Some of this content is inappropriate for teens and children. Kids may stumble upon them innocently, with a misspelled web address, search term, etc. The internet also opens a window to online bullying, predatory adults, and illegal downloading of copyrighted content are other… Continue Reading

Digital Lingo Decoded

Students are constantly coming up with clever, short, and to-the-point phrases that can make communication quicker and in many ways more interesting. In order to keep a pulse on what teens are talking about, we need to know how to decode their shorthand. Common Sense Media provides a Digital Glossary to give parents and teachers a window into the world of… Continue Reading

Start the New Year off on the Right Foot!

Happy New Year! As we kick-off 2017, it is a good idea to take some time and do a digital footprint check. Here are some tips to get off on the right (digital) foot: Check your privacy settings. Some social media sites change their privacy controls from time to time so always double-check the settings. Keep in mind that these settings may… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Education Videos Added to Resources Page

We’ve added some new resources for parents on our website. Click HERE to see them.  Within those resources, we’ve added the following videos from the U.S. Department of Education: The ABCs of Student Directory Information is about why a school would want to use student directory information and the types of information that fall into this category. It… Continue Reading

How Students Can Use Social Media to Impress Prospective Colleges

For college-bound students, the simplest thing they can do to impress prospective schools is not their GPA or extracurricular activities…it’s their Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and other public social media feeds. Whether we like it or not, more and more college admissions offices are looking at prospective student’s social media accounts. Here are 5 tips for students who would… Continue Reading

A Powerful Reminder about the Dangers of Texting While Driving

This moving video shows real teens reacting to a texting while driving tragedy. Sadly, the dangers of this habit affect people every day. By taking steps to educate others on these incidents, these types of tragedies can be avoided. Here are some helpful tips on how to avoid texting/checking your phone while behind the wheel. Turn your… Continue Reading

Teens and Tech: The New Landscape

Common Sense Media has published a new video “Teens and Tech: the New Landscape.” The video talks about how technology has changed the way young people access information. It features Merve Lapus, Common Sense Media’s Education Program Manager, who has helped guide SRVUSD on our Digital Citizenship journey. Check it out:         Continue Reading

Check Your Online Reputation

We create online reputations every time we post information about ourselves in today’s digital world. We often call the accumulation of this information a “Digital Footprint.”  The good news is that we have some control over that reputation through the information and images we post and the privacy settings on websites. We also have the… Continue Reading

Be a Tech Positive Family Session at PTA’s Parenting Conference

Looking for more information on how to keep your child safe online? Attend the San Ramon Valley Council of PTA’s parenting conference on Saturday, February 27, 2016, and checkout the breakout session: “Be a Tech Positive Family! Five Powerful Resources to Promote Digital Citizenship at Home.” This breakout session is being taught by SRVUSD’s Technology… Continue Reading

6 Digital Citizenship Resolutions for Families of Tweens and Teens

Just in time for the Winter Break and New Year, Common Sense Media has come out with a new article on helping tweens and teens navigate the digital world. About 45 percent of teens use social media on a daily basis,according to Common Sense Media. This non-profit’s article on “6 Resolutions Every Family with Tweens… Continue Reading

Green Valley Elementary Parents Talk Cybersafety

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Green Valley Elementary parents had an opportunity to learn about helping their children grow into great digital citizens. Lauren Brown, with the Town of Danville’s Police and Recreation Services departments, provided a presentation that touched on: The Digital Age Online Predators Apps and Social Networks Cyber bullying Motivation and Self-Esteem… Continue Reading