Bellingham Public Schools is committed to preparing students for a rapidly changing world. We realize that our students need guidance as they learn to be critical thinkers, respectful and compassionate humans, and honest citizens in digital spaces. Our schools are continually developing programs to support student learning using technology in healthy, safe, and ethical ways.
The resources below provide more information for how families can support students developing skills to navigate a connected world.
Common Sense Media: This collection of family resources is from the leading independent nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a media and technology rich world. You’ll find a collection of resources for common parent concerns as well as top picks for apps, websites, and other learning tools. Check out their cell phone page for tips on how to set rules; choose the right phone and service plan; and stay on top of what your child is doing on their phone.
Screenagersmovie.com: Find resources mentioned in the documentary Screenagers, including family screen time contracts and ideas for family tech time Tuesdays.
Healthychildren.org: Family resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics, including media-related resources, including an online family media plan and media time calculator. For more detailed information on the AAP guidelines for media use in school age children, please reference this report: Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents.
Netsmartz.org: A variety of resources and safety tips tailored for parents, tweens, teens, and younger children.
Cyberbullying Research Center: Provides up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth.
Digital Literacy: Portal organizes content, enables valuable discussion and collaboration among users and offers best practices to improve the quality of digital literacy offerings.
Connect Safely: Nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.
OSPI Teach & Learn Internet Safety: Covers topics of cyberbullying and online safety, and provides in-depth training materials for self- or group study.
Personal Protection Systems “The White Hatter”: Established in 1993 in Victoria B.C. the family run company is dedicated to providing pro-active Internet and Social Media safety, digital literacy and workplace violence prevention training to schools, businesses, corporations, law enforcement and government.
Safe Smart Social: A resource for teens and tweens on how to be safe and smart on social media.
Resource List for Smartphones: A resource of links created by School Safety and Emergency Management to support families.
Sleeping Well in the Digital Age: Infographic from Georgetown University illustrating why it’s important to reduce screen time before going to sleep.
How do we develop rules/structure at our house for using technology?
There are a number of quality resources online to support developing family technology plans.