Losing the nomination for Parent of the Year since 2001

I’m a lousy parent.

No, really. That’s exactly how I sometimes feel trying to raise my boys.

When I let them have too much screen time. When I look over my own laptop screen to tell them to get off their devices. When I don’t filter the internet connection enough. When I filter it too much.

Worst part? I have over twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and education technologist.

(If anyone should know better. sheesh!)

Every day of my professional life, I’m immersed in the debates and studies and innovations about how tech should and shouldn’t be used, what it is and isn’t doing to our kids, websites and apps that are helpful or dangerous for our kids.

In short, I’m a geek.

But I often wonder about my non-geek parenting friends. If you are not up to your eyeballs in this stuff like me, I can only imagine how concerned–maybe confused–you must be when it comes to technology and your kids.

  • Do the sensational headlines about internet predators incite panic?
  • Do you constantly wonder what game your son is using, what app your daughter is using, or what site your child is accessing?
  • Have you ever been surprised by your credit card bill after letting your son play on your iPad? (Guilty.)
  • Do you know just enough about tech to get online to check your email and Facebook?
  • Are you still unable to program your VCR to anything other than 12:00?

(Actually, if you still have a VCR, you may need more help than I’m able to provide here…)

But I do want to help.

Through what I post, create, and share here on ParentingDigital, I want you to feel more informed and confident as you make parenting decisions regarding the role technology plays in your family.

I want to point you to great resources, including books, websites, apps, software, and people.

More than anything, I want to help you with some practical steps, plans, and ideas that you and I can put into place to help our kids grow into balanced men and women in an increasingly digital world.

You ready?