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Jody Stautzenbach wrote this after attending two of the classes that the library co-sponsored with School District 25: “As a parent with a daughter in 8th grade, I realize that I need to spend more time staying on top of my technology knowledge. The first session highlighted how technology is used by the school district both in and out of the classroom and the emphasis the district places on teaching students the importance of digital citizenship and being a smart consumer. The second session provided an overview of many of the applications and programs that are currently popular with students such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. I found both sessions contained useful information, resources and tips to help me as a parent navigate the technology that my child is so adept at using.
Above all, both sessions emphasized that the need to take an active role in parenting applies to the world of technology. As a parent, I need to be just as aware and involved in the technology my daughter uses as with the other aspects of her life. I should be discussing the latest apps with her just as we would communicate regarding her homework assignments. Finally, already aware of the strength of both our school district and library, I was impressed by the partnership between the two and the focus on identifying and meeting the needs of the parents in our community.”