Parenting in an Electronic Age  
Parenting In An Electronic Age 
For Parents in Todays Electronic Age
 

Do your kids seem addicted to the electronic screens? Do you feel that you have lost your children to their online friends, Ipod, online videos, and gaming systems? Do you fear for their well being and development? Is online chat and socializing seeming to get all of your children’s attention?

“Back then, I could always at least watch TV with my kids but trying to watch what they’re doing on a computer screen is near impossible. Plus, they feel that it’s private like listening in to a phone conversation.”

If you said "yes" to some of these questions, then this site is for you.

This site is about increasing family interactions through technology and limiting how technology negatively impacts your child’s and your family’s life. Its about managing the impact that technology can have on children and family while recognizing and cultivating the benefits.

It’s about helping parents to parent in an age in which the most meaningful limits that you set for your children are not how far they are allowed to wander in the neighborhood or how late they can stay out, but what freedom they have to play video games and to participate in online electronic communities.

We do not claim to have all the answers. But we surely have the same questions as you. And we do NOT have simple answers to hard questions. We won’t say: “There’s no reason to have a TV” or “Violent video games and films are the reason for violence in today’s society". Our effort is provide useful answers, not simplistic and usable viewpoints on society. Our views come from extensive reading, talking to a lot of other parents, and constantly taking input from parents, kids, educators, and experts. We're glad you're here.....
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Internet  Kids Safety - Understanding the Risks & How to Manage Them


"As parents, we understand the risks that come with our children's growing independence and we know how to protect and advise them. I remember when my young daughter wanted to ride her bike around the block on her own. I was anxious but I let her go. I understood the risks and where the boundaries should be set.

"Unfortunately, this same understanding of risks for kids is not true for most parent with the internet. Most parents are unaware of the risks and dangers that await kids on the Internet. As wonderful a tool as the Internet is, it has many sites that are not age-appropriate for our children, sites with opportunities for our children to interact with strangers of all ages, and places that put children at risk for harm such as bullying, personal encounters, and addictive behavior." Strange though it may seem, a child can be very influenced by a stranger or group of strangers over the net and can make terrible lapses in judgement in giving out personal information

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Are you an Expert in the Internet & Kids Safety Looking to Stay Current? Would you like to be?

If so, we highly recommend: Net Family News. It is a website, weekly newsletter and forum (the leader since 1997) that provides the best information regarding technology and kids/teens for educators, parents, and others concerned with families and the internet. While highly aware of the risks, this newsletter helps parents understand the reality behind the high trends such as FaceBook, IM, Chat, and MySpace. Net Family News is nonprofit public service. They partner with SafeKids.com and London-based Childnet International..

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About Us

We support parents of preschool and elementary age children. Starting with parent questions about internet viewing, we consider a range of parenting questions about media in the electronic age. Parenting seems harder but actually, technology can help in many ways but it's impact on your family does need to be managed.
 
We provide articles and a small directory of key resources for organizations to place on their website (free of charge).
These resources are for parents to help them support, protect, and supply their elementary school children
with the best educational online resources and with safe appropriate media experiences.
 
We strive to help parents struggling with information age challenges such as web sites and internet access
as well as issues of how much TV, what movies are acceptable, what music is inappropriate, what types of electronic
games.

We are also able to provide customized info for your website to fit your groups' concerns..
To contact us, please email info@parenting-in-an-electronic-age.com.
We also will provide link exchanges to sites with complementary visions.

 

Links

Resources & Technology

Net Family News - Great News Site on Internet Child Safety
Spelling Program - SpellingCity.com is the leading online spelling program
SafeKids - A family guide to making the Internet and Technology fun, safe and productive.
Let's HomeSchool - A compilation of homeschool and educational resources.
Family Friendly Sites - A directory that supports the online safety of family members using the Internet.
Reading Skills Pyramid - Illustrates the NCLB methodology for interested parents.
Homeschool curriculum reviews - Best Reviews of  Time4Learning.com
Online Homeschool Resources
Homeschool Materials - Online and Curriculum Resources

Best Kid Learning Sites 

Homeschool curriculum - Time4Learning.com - A complete system
Science Songs - Learning Games for Kids
Reading Comprehension - Info on Online Reading Programs
Math Online Programs - Illuminations by NCTM
Math Help- Collection of math info
Build Vocabulary. You can learn from a cartoon mouse!


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