Screen Smart Resources

Developing Digital Skills

Hackergal is a charitable organization that inspires girls across Canada to explore the opportunities in code.  With women vastly underrepresented in the tech industry, Hackergal strives to inspire a new wave of Canadian female coders:

https://hackergal.org/#:~:text=Hackergal%20is%20a%20charitable%20organization,equality%20to%20the%20booming%20industry.

Typing skills are more useful now than ever, yet typing courses in high school are a thing of the past.  Kids are pretty good at texting with their thumbs, but that doesn't help when it comes time to type an essay!  Here are some fun, free apps to teach good typing skills:

https://www.lifewire.com/free-typing-lessons-1356656

Screen Time Management

Here are some great tips on how to manage screen time in this challenging climate:

https://ucalgary.ca/news/coronavirus-5-tips-navigating-childrens-screen-time-during-social-distancing

As a parent of young children I highly recommend the following website for advice, reviews and age-appropriate recommendations for media of all kinds including movies and series, books and gaming: 

 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.....tons of great resources here for parents on body image, cyber bullying, digital citizenship and digital health:

https://mediasmarts.ca/parents

Tips on how to take control of your media use, from the Center for Humane Technology:

https://www.humanetech.com/take-control

Some great advice from the scientists and doctors at the Mayo Clinic:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/screen-time/art-20047952

Media Smart Tip

 

Evaluating websites: 

  • Is the website easy to use?

  • Is material presented in a professional manner?

  • Are there links to related texts and organizations?