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Digital and Media Literacy

Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library

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Be the parent, please: stop banning seesaws and start banning Snapchat: strategies for solving the real parenting problems / Riley, Naomi Schaefer. -- West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2018.
Thanks to a variety of factors, technology is irrevocably a part of childhood, and parents are struggling to keep up. What should be allowed? What should be denied? And, given the ubiquity of technology and its inherent usefulness, what do sensible boundaries even look like? The author walks us through the research on technology’s encroachment into each stage of childhood, then offers “tough mommy tips”: realistic, practical, applicable advice for parents who recognize that unlimited technology access is a problem, but who don’t know where to start in taking back control.
FAM HQ 784 .I58 R55 2018

The bullying workbook for teens: activities to help you deal with social aggression and cyberbullying / Lohmann, Raychelle Cassada; Taylor, Julia V. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2013.
This is a practical, skills-based teen self-help workbook that addresses both bullying and cyberbullying.  Designed to help teens learn anti-bullying strategies, build constructive communication skills to help them express their feelings and manage their emotions, and gain confidence in themselves and their interactions with others.
FAM BF 637 .B85 L64 2013

Cyberbullying: bullying in the digital age / Kowlaski, Robin M. -- Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2012.
The authors have utilized vital studies involving over 3,500 middle school students, online research projects and the use of social network sites, and data from focus groups of victims and perpetrators and their parents to provides educators, parents, psychologists, and policy-makers with critical prevention techniques and strategies for effectively addressing electronic bullying.
FAM BF 637 .K69 2012

Digital citizenship: a guide for parents / Government of Canada: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2017.
This guide will prepare you for the conversations you need to have with kids when they first start using digital devices, as they grow and their online activities change, and when things go wrong. The guide is divided into three sections that each deal with a different aspect of digital citizenship, to teach your kids to Respect People’s Feelings, to Respect Privacy and to Respect Property online.

L'enfant et les écrans / Bourcier, Sylvie. -- Montréal: Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, 2010.
Au cours des dernières années, le iPhone, le iPod, le iPad, iTunes, les réseaux sociaux comme Facebook et Twitter, l'encyclopédie en ligne Wikipédia, les téléphones intelligents, les blogs, la webtélé, les jeux en réseau, etc. sont entrés dans nos vies et dans celles de nos enfants.Aujourd'hui, ceux-ci voyagent de l'écran passe-temps à l'écran-encyclopédie, risquant parfois d'en devenir esclaves.  L'écran, cette ouverture sur le monde, laisse aussi entrer des images troublantes pour l'enfant : violence, pornographie, stéréotypes, etc.  C'est dans ce contexte que se situe ce livre qui s'articule autour de deux pôles: l'influence des écrans sur l'enfant et leurs effets sur les relations familiales et sociales.
FAM HQ 784 .B68 2010

Guide de civilité en ligne: à l'intention des parents / Gouvernement du Canada: Sa Majesté la Reine du chef du Canada, 2017.
Ce guide vous permet de vous préparer aux conversations que vous devez avoir avec vos enfants au moment où ils commencent à utiliser des appareils connectés à Internet, quand ils grandissent et commencent à se tourner vers de nouvelles activités en ligne, ou encore quand les choses tournent mal. Ce guide est divisé en trois sections. Chaque section porte sur un aspect de la civilité en ligne. Vous serez ainsi mieux outillé pour apprendre à vos enfants à respecter les sentiments d’autrui, la vie privée et la propriété intellectuelle en ligne.

It's complicated: the social lives of networked teens / boyd, danah. -- New Haven, RI: Yale University Press, 2014.
In this book, the author, a youth culture and technology expert, examines the conventional wisdom regarding teens' use of social media. She explores identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, she argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions.  Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, she concludes that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.
FAM HQ 799.2 .I5 B68 2014

Screen-smart parenting: how to find balance and benefit in your child's use of social media, apps, and digital devices / Gold, Jodi. -- New York; London: Guilford Press, 2015.
Even for today's most tech-savvy parents, managing kids' technology use is a huge challenge fraught with uncertainties. What kinds (and amounts) of screen time boost learning and development--and what kinds may be harmful?  What is the right age for a game console or a smartphone?  How can kids and teens be protected from cyberbullying and learn to be good digital citizens? What impact do parents' technology habits have? In a positive, accessible style, the author provides parents a wealth of practical strategies for navigating the digital frontier and creating realistic, doable rules and expectations for the whole family.
FAM HQ 784 .I58 G56 2015

Screenwise: helping kids thrive (and survive) in their digital world / Heitner, Devorah. -- Brookline, MA: Bibliomotion, Inc., 2017.
Many parents worry that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted by their digital devices. In this guide, the author empowers parents to recognize that the wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and needed supplement to their kids' digital savvy.
FAM HQ 784 .I58 H43 2017

A smart girl's guide: digital world: how to connect, share, play, and keep yourself safe / Anton, Carrie; Lewis, Stevie. -- Middleton, WI: American Girl, 2017.
Provides tips and guidance for young girls when navigating their digital worlds, discussing such issues as the ways in which people communicate online, the need for taking breaks from technology, and the importance of online safety.
FAM HQ 799.2 .I5 A58 2017

A smart girl's guide to the Internet: how to connect with friends, find what you need, and stay safe online / Cindrich, Sharon. -- Middleton, WI: American Girl Pub, 2009.
Practical advice for girls on using the Internet, covering: games; chat rooms, blogs, and social networks; digital photos, music, and movies; cyberbullying and internet safety.
FAM HV 675.72 .C45 2009

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Unplug and Connect – CHEO / Débranchez et connectez - CHEO /

Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy / Habilo Médias: Le centre canadien d’éducation aux médias et de littératie numérique

Social Media: What Parents Should Know – Caring for Kids / Les médias sociaux: ce que les parents devraient savoir – Soins de nos enfants

Information on Cyberbullying for Parents and Teens – Government of Canada / Information sur la cyberintimidations pour les parents et adolescents – Gouvernement du Canada

Bullying and Cyberbullying – RCMP / Intimidation et cyberintimidation – GRC

Screen Time: Overview – About Kids Health / Temps d’écran: présentation générale – About Kids Health

Bullying – We Can All Stop It - / L'intimidation: Essayons d'y mettre un terme –

Need Help Now – AidezMoi SVP

Common Sense Media

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Boomerang – Parental and Screen Time Controls
● National Education Technologies Inc.
● 14 Day Trial – In-app purchases
● English
● Last updated Jan 2018
● From Google Play: Boomerang Parental Control is designed to teach children time management, help parents keep their kids safe while online plus block bad apps that kids may use.
● Available from Google Play and iTunes

Always There / Toujours à l’écoute
● Kids Help Phone /Jeunessej’écoute
● Free / gratuit
● English and French / anglais et français
● Last updated June 2015 / Mis-à-jour 2015 juin
● The Kids Help Phone app provides a password protected space for you to log your feelings during the day, as well as youth-submitted inspirational quotes, tips on taking care of yourself, and jokes aimed at helping you cope with stress. The Info Booth has lots of information on emotional health topics and more. Finally, the app can also connect you directly with a Kids Help Phone counselor over the phone, or during certain hours, Live Chat. / L’application Toujours à l’écoute offre un espace protégé par mot de passe pour recueillir tes émotions au courant de la journée, et pour accéder à des pensées inspirantes, des conseils pour prendre soin de toi et des blagues qui ont le but de t’aider à gérer le stress.  Le kiosque d’info offre beaucoup d’information sur la santé émotionnelle ainsi que d’autres sujets. Enfin, l’application peut également te connecter directement avec un intervenant de Jeunesse J’écoute par téléphone, ou à notre service de clavardage pendant ses heures d’ouverture.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes

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Kids Help Phone /Jeunesse, J’écoute

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation. 

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list.  Your local public library may also be able to provide you with information.

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Last Updated: Feb 2018
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