Welcome parents! We hope you will find information here from a variety of sources on topics of interest to your child's school and social life. We'd love to hear from you about these resources - or anything else related that you'd like to share. Hope to see you here, or face-to-face soon.
Looking for books to get your child reading? Find links to reviews of books in the Recommended Reading section of the library webpage for each division.
Social Networking & Technology Topics
Users of technology and social networking software are getting younger and younger. It may not be FaceBook, but anyone with a Gmail account has access to social networking features. Read what some experts think about the issues this raises for schools and students and link to resources here and below.
The Head of Elmwood Franklin School (Buffalo) writes about middle schoolers and social networking
Should students use their real names on the web? Ms. Kelly recommends parents read this first.
Watch this video about the "digital dossier" most of us have. A great discussion would be to ask your kids what theirs might look like?
This article from the NY Times investigates the phenomenom of sexting and its ramifications on kids. (Ms. Kelly recommends this too.)
Rachel Simmons writes about the social world of girls. Read and listen to her dicuss FormSpring, a social networking phenomenon with some very negative aspects. (MS Head likes this)
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) discusses 10 ways Facebook impacts students. (MS Head sent us this)
Read the MPH Parent Tips (pdf) for Using Technology Safely and Sensibly
Visit the links below for more Tech guidelines, tips and advice:
- Wondering if a videogame or movie is appropriate? Commonsense.org reviews media for famlies
- How to Keep Kids Safe Online: A guide for parents from Independent School Management
- ChildrenOnline.org has advice for children and teens online
- Read about protecting your teen's online reputation and college admissions
Esp for Lower school parents: Are you concerned about cyber safety? You might consider signing up at the website Woogi World. It's an award winning tool that uses gaming and social networking technologies to teach cyber safety skills. It takes a few steps to setup but it has great content and playing with your child leads to important conversations. Once your child masters the content, you can feel confident they will understand how to spend time online safely.
ChildNet International has created an easy-to-use guide for using CHAT in games, mobile devices and more.
Search the MPH LIBRARY CATALOG for books on a variety of parenting issues
Looking for HOMEWORK help?
- Visit the award-winning Khan Academy (from Algebra to Calculus & Physics and more)
- For "drill & skill" activities for math, spelling and handwriting practice:
math Apps can be used on iPads and iPhones
Have questions about the college application process? This NY Times column gets Admissions Officers to answer common questions asked by high school juniors and their parents.