Resources for Parents
Parenting in a Digital Age
Elementary Instructional Technology Resources (2019) - WCASD has compiled resources for elementary families to support their child's learning at home with resources regarding district-supported databases as well as digital citizenship. Also included is a presentation on what educational technology looks and feels like in our elementary classrooms.
In the News: Back to School Tech Advice for Parents
Common Sense Media: New School Year Screen-Time Rules from a Teacher and Mom
Common Sense Media: Four Tips for Keeping Tech in Check at Bedtime
Promoting Cyber Safety
What's that App?
Smart Social: Social Media App Guide for Parents and Teachers - From Josh Ochs, author of Light, Bright, and Polite, this resource helps parents understand the myriad of social media apps, which ones are safe, which ones to avoid, and how to help your student create a positive digital presence. Consider joining Smart Social's Parent University to keep up on trends in social media that could impact your kids.
Josh Ochs presented to parents live over Zoom on Monday, March 16, 2020. Here are resources for those that couldn't make it:
Condensed version of Josh's speech to parents so they can learn the worst apps that they should avoid
Josh will be in West Chester on September 29, 30 & October 1 to meet with students at all three middle schools.
National Online Safety Guides for Parents - Quick and convenient downloadable guides for what parents need to know about many popular Internet platforms and trends.
One of the biggest challenges today is keeping our children safe online. To help all schools address age-appropriate issues with the Internet and the use of cell phones and other mobile devices the WCASD will be using the comprehensive curriculum from Common Sense Media. This will help ensure that all students are equipped with the skills and habits to use technology productively.
Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Control - View Common Sense Media's article featuring parental control options to stay informed of your child's digital experiences.
Internet Matters - This site provides an extremely comprehensive, well organized, and easy to use guide for keeping children of all ages safe online.
Parents' Guide to Instagram - This site gives parents information on the uses of Instagram and the privacy setting from parents that work at the company.
The Cyberbullying Research Center offers resources for parents and teachers for helping kids stay safe online and use other technologies like cell phones responsibly
Onguard Online- Created by the federal government with games, videos and other resources for teaching kids of all ages and adults about online safety. Be sure to download the parent guide Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online available free at this site.
WiredSafety- Internet safety and information on responding to incidents of cyberbullying
Family Online Safety Institute and the National PTA resources
Use Parental Controls on Your Child's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch - Utilize Apple's resources for setting up restrictions on your child's device.
App Alert - Mappen App and a Safety Guide for Parents
Safety Detective - Blog discussions and reviews of antivirus software protection for your home computer. This site is offered for your review and consideration. WCASD does not endorse a particular product or method of rating products.
Shape the Sky Downloadable Resources - Presented at Henderson High School in November 2017, Shape the Sky is a network of parents, educators, clinicians, and media who have come together to enrich the online experience for our children through better education and more effective communication.
Family Media Agreements
Parent/Child Agreement on using electronic devices and social media by grade-level (From Common Sense Media)
Setting Up Parental Controls on Home Routers
Check your router manual for more information.
West Chester School District promotes through its curriculum, instructional practices, and technology tools active engagement in the digital world. We want our students to produce content, not simply consume it passively. Through a partnership between home and school, we can shape critical thinkers, effective communicators, good digital citizens, and life-long learners, equipped to achieve their personal best in an increasingly technological world.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic please contact:
Elementary Instructional Technology Coordinator
Mary Beth Clifton
Secondary Instructional Technology Coordinator
We have to be cognizant of a new digital divide—the disparity between students who use technology to create, design, build, explore, and collaborate and those who simply use technology to consume media passively.
2017 National Education Technology Plan Update