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Welcome to Greenfield’s “Raising a Digital Citizen – A Guide for Parents.”

Our children are growing up in a digital world and it’s important to help them navigate this world and be positive digital citizens. Parents can play an important role in teaching these skills. Below are some resources to assist parents.

We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.

– Bill Gates, Microsoft founder (quote from April 2017 Mirror article)


In early November, the HSA hosted a Coffee & Conversation on Raising a Digital Citizen. The handouts and speaker’s presentation are available below. (Please note that some of this information may be updated from time to time to reflect the ongoing changes in the digital world.)

Just remember: When you hand kids phones today, you’re giving them powerful communications and production tools. They can create text, images, and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to Web sites. They can broadcast their status and their location. They can download just about everything in the world. If you think your children’s technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. Times may have changed, but parenting hasn’t. We’re still the parents. And it’s our job to say ‘no, not yet.’  – Liz Perle, Common Sense Media (PBS Parent article)

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