Resources for Parents and Guardians
Digital Citizenship at Maret
Digital citizenship is an essential skill for our students. Learning how to navigate the complex online world is a complicated process. As students enter the world of technology, we address each stage of this process to guide and help students make good decisions. Maret has partnered with Common Sense Media to provide additional resources for our community. Additionally, digital citizenship and technology workshops are offered to families during the school year.
COMMON SENSE MEDIA is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. Learn more
- What to do if someone is mean to you online?: mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/tip-sheet/tipsheet_mean_online.pdf
- Parents’ Role in Cyberbullying: stopcyberbullying.org/prevention/parents_role.html
- Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do?: pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-23.pdf
- Recognizing Cyberbullying: fosi.org/good-digital-parenting/advice-recognizing-and-preventing-cyberbullying/
In their mission statement, the Making Caring Common Project (Harvard Graduate School of Education) envisions "a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right even at times at a cost to themselves."
7 Tips for Raising Caring Kids
Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development. Learn more
6 Tips for Reducing and Preventing Misogyny and Sexual Harassment Among Teens and Young Adults
Given the prevalence of sexually degrading and harassing behavior in young people’s lives, [misogyny and harassment] conversations are critical, but it’s vital that parents go beyond platitudes like “be respectful.” Following are six tips for parents for engaging in meaningful, constructive conversations. Sexual Harassment and Misogyny Resource List
5 Tips for Guiding Teens and Young Adults in Developing Healthy Romantic Relationships
As a society—and as parents—we are often failing to prepare young people for what can be most meaningful in a life: caring, healthy, lasting romantic relationships. Learn more
As the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN provides resources to help keep parents informed and children safe.
Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Assault
Conversations about sexual assault can be a part of the safety conversations you’re already having, like knowing when to speak up, how to take care of friends, and listening to your gut. The key is to start these conversations when your kids are young, and have these conversations often. Learn more
How Can I Protect My Child From Sexual Assault
Being actively involved in a child’s life can make warning signs of child sexual abuse more obvious and help the child feel more comfortable coming to you if something isn’t right. If you see or hear something that causes concern, you can take action to protect your child. Learn more
If You Suspect A Child Is Being Harmed
If you are concerned that a child is a victim of abuse, you may not be sure what to do or how to respond. Child sexual abuse is a crime that often goes undetected. No matter what your role is—parent or other family member, coach, teacher, religious leader, babysitter—you have the power to make a positive difference in this child’s life. Learn more
A non-profit organization committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse, Darkness to Light provides resources to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Tips for Parents
- Checklist for Safer Sleepovers
- Safer Camp Experiences
- Tips for Hiring Caregivers
- Tips for Selecting Youth Serving Organizations
- Online Safety Guide
- Healthy Sexual Development
Tips for Talking with Kids
- Talk to Kids About Body Safety & Boundaries
- Talk to Kids About Digital Safety
- Talk to Kids About Events in the News
- Pre Teens & Teens Conversation Guide
- The Consent Conversation
- 3 to 5 Conversation Guide
- 6 to 8 Conversation Guide
Learn more at Darkness to Light
Helping Children Deal with Tragedy
Whether overwhelmed by the barrage of violence and injustice reported in the news, or suffering with the heartbreaking loss of a loved one, dealing with tragedy is never easy.
These resources offer parents and guardians helpful ways to engage in meaningful conversations with children about loss, violence, and frightening news.
Whether the loss is a grandparent, a parent, a classmate or even a beloved family pet, the grieving process can be difficult and every child will grieve in his own way. Parents, caregivers and educators wondering how they can help will find many answers to their questions in the following guide, which has been assembled with advice from several experts in the area of child and adolescent grief.
Here are tips grief from the Child Mind Institute.
High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk.Children will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.
Here are tips from the National Association of School Psychologists.
When tragedy strikes, as parents you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children do the same. Here are some tips from the Child Mind Institute.