1. Much interesting! Recently I had a debate with some teachers about literacy we forget that one of its main objective is to comunicate. Creating a social healthy and joyful context can be the clue, and the right effort for parents and teachers. Thanks

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  3. Leslie Esneault

    Historically parents have been their child’s first teacher. Children could go to them for help with math or reading – they were taught the same way. Today parents aren’t equipped with the same training their students are learning (either on their own or in school). Parents who aren’t engaged in the learning process hit a roadblock when it comes time to assist their children at home – whether it’s with a powerpoint, a blog, creating a QR Code, or developing an online portfolio. How does a parent help his child with an issue on Facebook or Twitter if he isn’t actively participating himself? The tables have turned. Literacy has a whole new meaning! It’s the parents who may be left behind now- “NPLB.” Schools must provide learning opportunities for parents! Great post, George!!!

  4. How about the question, “What did you learn in school today?” The response may have more to do with the age and stage of development if the child. How about the time of day? Is it possible the child is tired, stimulated, ready to relax after a full day of learning and interaction.

    Sensitivity might be called for. Have a snack together. Be with your child. Allow spontaneity. Responses may come without the need for questions, if you make yourself available. Questions may sometimes feel like grilling and may elicit the response, “Nothing.” A child may have learnt plenty and be feeling full. Allow for digestion.

  5. George,

    Great post. I always enjoy reading your work. I have more of a personal question as a parent. I’ve avoided allowing my 8 year old daughter, Riley, to have certain accounts due to the age restrictions on certain sites. However, I recently noticed a friend of mine set his son up with a Twitter account. I think this is fabulous; however, I worry about the legalities of it. I’m not worried about the “Instagram or Twitter police,” but I am concerned with the questions other professionals will ask regarding ‘digital responsibility.’

    How would you address this issue?


    Erin Klein

    • George

      Hey Erin,

      There is no issue if the parent signs up for the account with the child. It is a great way to guide and actually have access. Kind of like “Driver Training”; kids don’t get a license until they are 16 where I am from, but they can drive with guidance with parents before.

      Does that help?

  6. Very interesting post! Everything else is digital, why not education? I think the points you make about parental engagement are key, though. The world needs more adults willing to take an active role in their child’s education.

  7. Stacey Shubitz

    There is a difference between parent participation and parent engagement. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Those three bullet points of advice are important… especially to be examples with our own digital identity.

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