WSSDA’s 2019 Annual Conference
The Washington State School Directors’ Association annual conference takes place November 21-24 in Bellevue, WA and we’ll be there. This event is for Washington’s school directors, student board representatives, and superintendents. It is the largest gathering of education policymakers in the state and they serve approximately 1.1 million students.
2019 Conference: Culture of Connecting
The theme “Culture of Connecting” is the perfect backdrop for our presentation on “How Schools Can Be the Bridge to Online Safety”. Administrators face enormous pressure to “fix” online safety issues like sexting, cyberbullying and a culture lacking empathy. School board members and superintendents will be learning how schools can bridge the gap in online safety, partner with parents for innovative solutions and, ultimately, teach parents to be leaders in online safety.
What Comes Next? Actions to Keep Kids Safer Online
Saturday October 19th at the Coupeville Library
Start the school year with a plan!
Parents, you can be the guard rails your child needs online with the effective and easy methods presented. We will use the documentary “Screenagers” and our “5 Circles of Online Safety” to guide the conversation.
(Viewing the movie is not required to participate in the workshop.)
Facilitated by Lisa Honold
Saturday October 5th at the Coupeville Library
Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can
empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Facilitated by Lisa Honold
How to Avoid Screen Time Battles & Prevent Online Disasters
Thursday June 6th at 5pm at South Whidbey Elementary School
Come learn how to talk to your child about staying safe online and what questions to ask before playdates and sleepovers. Discover effective tools to prevent “digital crisis” in your family and learn the warning signs that your child could be at risk. We’ll explore the importance of having an internet filter, setting limits and monitoring your child’s behavior online.
STOP Cyberbullying and Harassment Online: What Parents Can Do
Saturday May 16th at 6:30pm at South Whidbey High School
Come learn how you can help stop the cycle of cyberbullying and harassment, the #1 issue facing many schools. Discover effective tools to prevent “digital crisis” in your family and learn the warning signs that your teen could be at risk. We’ll explore the importance of having an internet filter, setting limits and monitoring your teen’s behavior online.
Supervising Summer Screen Time: How to Avoid Battling Over Screens
Saturday May 4th at 10am at the Langley Library
Dreading all that free time your child will want to be on screens this summer?
Learn how to balance ONLINE and OFFLINE fun with my strategies and tools. You’ll receive my “100+ OFFLINE Summer Activities” and have time and support to create an intentional “Daily Plan” (with examples). Limiting the influence that screens have is possible!
Be the Guard Rails Kids Need Online: Parenting for Online Safety
Tuesday March 26th at 6:30 pm at the Langley Library
Are you worried that your tech-savvy child may not be making good choices online? Wondering if it’s even possible to keep kids safe online anymore?
Discover effective ways to stay informed and connected to your kids’ online activities. Learn key strategies for limiting the influence screens have in your family. Share your concerns and celebrate what’s working so our community can create a safer online experience for our kids from 2 to 16 years old.
Be the Guard Rails: Parenting for Online Safety
ONLINE CLASS Starts Wednesday April 10th
This interactive six week class will give you the tools and practice you need to apply the 5 Circles of Safety to your family and help keep your kids in the Safety Zone.
Learn how to step back and define your high-level goals and dreams for your family. Create a target to move toward.
Parenting partners align! Take the assessment and define your “guard rails” (boundaries). Explore your parenting style and experiment with others. Learn Positive Discipline communication tools to start tough conversations.
Connect with your children by learning to lead family meetings, listen deeply and ask questions that let your child be the expert.
Filter the internet. Learn about the specific device, network and app options and install oa system at home.
Limit time on screens. Create a technology contract for your family that addresses your expectations and concerns. Check in on the limit/filter options you installed.
Monitor online behavior. Commit to a monitoring plan that’s ongoing. Celebrate the progress you’ve made! Revisit the Safety Zone and take the next steps.