Managing family technology

  • Families often have questions about how best to manage students' home use of technology. Students and parents might investigate these tools and resources in making those family decisions.

Guidance and resources

  • While controls on devices can be effective to e.g. limit screen time and block inappropriate content, there are several non-technical yet critical things adults can do to have a positive influence on students' healthy use of technology:

    • Adults rolemodeling healthy use of technology.
    • Clear expectations about acceptable technology use. These should be understood by both adults and students and revisited even when things are going well.
    • Regular conversations about students' online experiences -- the good, the bad, the confusing, and the just plain weird.
    • Adults and students exploring together the positive ways technology can connect families, support learning, and contribute to society.

Devices and apps

  • Apple, Google, and Microsoft develop the operating systems that run on most of the computers, phones, and other devices families are likely to use. Only recently have they spotlighted family controls for filtering content, managing screen time, accessing apps, etc. That said, all three also have areas where they can improve their offerings, and all of them suggest use of their tools is most effective when part of a family discussion about acceptable technology use. Additionally, Fall 2018's updates to iOS 12 (Apple) and Android Pie (Google) include tools to help people better monitor their own use of their devices.