Raising Digitally Responsible Youth
A Guide for Parents & Caregivers
Our current world climate is constantly connected to technology. What do we need to know as parents/caregivers to
protect our children and teach them responsible and appropriate uses of technology? The parameters of rules and
The expectations that we put in place at home will undoubtedly guide our children’s sense of digital responsibility.
Raising children in a digital era can seem overwhelming at times. Technology has entered our lives at a rapid pace
over the past several years and continues to evolve. The reality is that apps and technological devices will change, but
the behavior stays the same. Moderation is key to managing technology use in our homes. This does not need to be
an “all or nothing” approach with either absolute prohibition or full unchecked usage.
It is beneficial to maintain an open, transparent, and ongoing dialogue with our children regarding the internet,
technology, social media, and video games. Remaining approachable and being a trusted adult to the children in our
lives could make the difference between whether our children come to us when issues or uncomfortable situations
arise rather than feeling alone in the process of going to their peers to seek comfort and advice instead.
Technology is here to stay, whether we like it or not. The digital reputation of today’s students, or how they choose to
represent themselves online, is being evaluated and assessed by future employers and/or admissions departments.
The goal of this parent/caregiver guide is to help introduce the major social media platforms, video games, and
relevant trends that are either being used already or have the potential to be used by our children.
We want to prepare our children for their tech-infused futures and walk down this digital journey
alongside them by staying informed.