Common Sense San Francisco Teen Panel Discussion

It was standing room only this morning @Hamlin School; we were honored to host the Common Sense San Francisco Teen Panel Discussion.

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The event was opened to San Francisco’s Common Sense Media Supporter Schools and a packed group of parents listened as Bay Area Director Dana Blum asked the panel about what it is like to be a middle schooler on October 21, 2015 – or “Back to the Future Day“.  Their responses were honest, clear, thoughtful, and at times surprising – we could not have had a better panel of students – thank you.  This week’s focus for Digital Citizenship week has been – it’s time to have the talk and Hamlin’s hope is that today’s panel will start a discussion in classrooms as well as homes.

The session was highlighted by not only this Huffington Post article on the tables as participants arrived, but also with this video:

examples of the many ways technology can be used to “fill buckets”

For the parents who could not make it this morning an audio recording is available here:

 


It was also a great day to announce that @Hamlin has gone beyond being a Common Sense Media Supporter School and yesterday was recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School.  As our vision is that “all Hamlin faculty are #digcit educators” recognition is shared and celebrated school wide.  That said, there were also six teacher leaders who were simultaneously recognized as Digital Citizenship Certified Educators for 2015-16: Ms. Brown, Ms. Davis, Mr. Dworkin, Mr. Lengel, Mr. Picketts, and Ms. Windell – thank you for your thoughtful guidance and work to ensure our girls are ready to meet the challenges of their increasingly digital times.

All Aboard for #digcit

@Hamlin we believe all of our faculty and staff are Digital Citizenship educators.  We have developed an effective partnership with Common Sense Media as well as with our parents to provide intentional and co-ordinated instruction on how Hamlin girls can meet the challenges of their increasingly digital times.

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Our opening communication message to parents included the following kbfrom the site Toolbox coordinator – Karen Brown.

Digital Citizenship Monthly Theme: “Healthy Boundaries with Technology” 

This year the Middle School will have a monthly Digital Citizenship theme for our community members to think about the connections between the Hamlin Creed and our digital lives. September’s theme is “Healthy Boundaries with Technology.”

We hope you will be able to continue these conversations at home with the help of our monthly discussion questions.

  • What does it mean to have healthy boundaries with technology? 
  • How does this relate to use of technology for schoolwork and/or personal use? 
  • What boundaries with technology do you already have in place in your family? 

Please reference the Hamlin Student/Parent Technology Contract and our partner organization, Common Sense Media, for more information.