Make a Positive Impact Online when You #ShareAwesome

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Tonight at the high school football game, my 7 yo son looked up at the stadium lights and asked why there were so many moths flying around the bulbs. “Because moths like light,” I answered. “But why,” he asked. “I’m not sure,” I admitted. “Well, I think it’s just fascinating. I’m going to look it up online when we get home.”

A 1st grader knowing that the internet can help him solve riddles and satisfy his innocent curiosity? Awesome.

This week my 17 yo daughter sketched the main character of the Tony award winning Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (we’re seeing it in New York City next month!), and folks from the show responded to it!

tweet and response

A young fan being able to reach out to her favorite show, artist, actor, etc? And then receiving a shout-out in return? Awesome.

It seems like every day my kids and I are able to experience – and share – something awesome, thanks to the internet.

Today’s families use digital technology in every aspect of life – from learning and socializing, to gaming and shopping! Broad access and use of technology is awesome – and opens so many new opportunities for so many students. But like any aspect of life, there are things you need to know to make positive, safe decisions.

How do you help your children make positive, safe decisions when using technology?

We do a number of things in our home to help our kids make safe decisions while online. I am friends with my older kids on all their social media networks, and I do monitor what they post and respond to. Our computers are in public areas of our home, so we can be aware of how they are being used. I am able (if necessary) to disable their phones during certain hours of the day, and disable or remove access to internet browsers and social sites on mobile devices. We have filters in place where we can, and keep communication open with our children about how they are using technology, and why.

With as many ways as we try to be safe and positive with our use of technology, any help, encouragement, or advice is always welcome.

#ShareAwesome, from National PTA and Lifelock

National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools. It’s all part of having a happy, healthy lifestyle.
 
The #ShareAwesome campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, the app or the networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline.

ShareAwesome National PTA LifeLock

At the #ShareAwesome website, youth can take a pledge to:

  • Be kind and think before posting.
  • Share – but not overshare, especially personal information (i.e., phone, address).
  • Communicate with people they know – and only people they know.
  • Check privacy settings frequently.
  • Unplug – especially when walking, driving, or enjoying time with people they love.

Parents are also encouraged to model good online behavior, talk openly and regularly with their children about their internet use, and use the potential of the internet to make a positive impact in the world.

#ShareAwesome celebrates students and families who use digital media and tools for good – good for themselves, their family, their friends and the whole world.

Share Your Awesome Moments and Win!

Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!

Here’s an awesome moment we shared recently after our son’s football team won their first game of the season!

football win

I’m sure your family has moments similar to this every day that you love to capture and share. Now those moments could win your student a scholarship!

Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!
 
For more information, visit ShareAwesomeNow.org.

What are some awesome moments your family has shared, thanks to today’s digital technology?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.