Hello there, involved parents! GreatSchools is now on Facebook. Our goal is to enable parents to connect with each other wherever they are on the web. With our new Facebook page, you’ll find even more GreatSchools community, more discussions and more interactivity with quizzes and polls.
This week we’re featuring a quiz that tests your knowledge of the state of education (go ahead, see if you can stump your friends) and a ‘voice of the parent’ poll that asks whether preschool graduation should be celebrated.
But today’s post isn’t just a shameless plug. It’s a call to all parents to understand what’s happening with social media sites — like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. — because, let’s face it, today’s kids are growing up in a technology-rich environment that will have a profound impact on their success in school and in life.
Several months ago, the folks at SavvyDaddy got it right when they said the reasons to familiarize yourself with social media are:
- safety — the more you understand social media, the better able you are to help protect your kids as they explore it;
- connection — the more you understand social media, the better able you may be to connect with your kids in their world (though, don’t feel rejected if they do not accept your friend request); and,
- academic growth — today’s classrooms must teach technology for kids to be able to compete in an ever-flattening world. The more you know, the better able you’ll be to guide your kids academically.
So before your kids get light years ahead of you in technology, go ahead and jump in the fun and connectedness of the social web.
And while you’re at it... [cue shameless plug]...become a Fan of GreatSchools on Facebook!