Superintendent's Updates for Lemon Grove Families
April 25, 2022
Hello LGSD Families!
As a parent, one of the ways you can support and nurture your child’s growth is to pay attention to your son or daughter’s digital health and well-being. A way to accomplish this is through digital monitoring. Should we monitor? Which platforms or tools are best? What if we choose not to monitor our teens’ screens? The question of monitoring is deeply personal. Every child is different and may need different levels of support and intervention with their screens. I encourage families to get to know parental controls, filters, and digital supports that exist. Spend time vetting them and seeing if and how they can work to support your family. But what is more important to me than monitoring is that we’re not using blocks and controls to replace our parenting.
One of my favorite sayings is, “There’s No App To Replace Your Lap”. Our attention is what our kids and teens need most of all and we cannot outsource our parenting. We still need to be focused on the relationship, the digital citizenship education of the child and be engaged in conversations about experiences, mistakes, and expectations online. However, digital monitoring can support our parenting efforts and be a tool for healthy use based on each family’s needs and values.
The most common ways to get to know options that exist for families include connecting with your device and Internet service provider to purchase monitoring support through them or shopping for private software companies that have developed parental controls.
Additionally engaging with the game, social media, and other platforms for parental educational services can be a great resource. There are tools that range from mirroring or monitoring every keystroke to tech turn-off times, screen time management, and other filters and blocks.
For some families, digital monitoring feels necessary to prevent truly dangerous (often repeated) behaviors. For other families, digital monitoring is a choice because our child’s use is generally typical. We’ve got to do the parenting work of communicating, checking in, and setting expectations and boundaries.
If you ever have concerns about your child’s use of technology and need support, please do not hesitate to contact your school social worker, you can reach them through your school front office.
Contact information for all schools: https://bit.ly/37sWY3Z
Other information resources:
County of San Diego - COVID 19 updates
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - COVID 19 updates
California Department of Public Health - COVID 19 updates
UPDATED - April 25, 2022, 8:00 am