Upper School students receive training in best practices (internet safety, security, privacy, and building a positive digital footprint) when they are issued their Microsoft Surface devices.
Common Sense Media provides age-appropriate curriculum on good digital citizenship as well as helpful information, safety tips, and data on a whole host of media-related topics, for example, their article on TikTok Safety Tips had some excellent suggestions for parents who might be navigating this newer app. Also see the Axis Parent Resources.
Digital Media and Children
Middle School Dean of Students Nathan Pettit spoke about the impact of digital media consumption on children. View his Tech Talk presentation slides online. Additionally, Nathan recommends the following books on the topic:
- The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Stanley
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
- Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
- iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood by Jean M. Twenge
- Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time by Victoria L. Dunckley
Help Teenagers Navigate Today's Culture
Bear Creek subscribes to Axis' All Access Pass and provides curated resources to help parents "navigate today's culture and connect with your teen through meaningful conversations that last a lifetime." Axis has published their Technology & Teens Summit, and it has some big name experts trying to help parents navigate this smartphone and social media world from a Christ-centered perspective.
Beaven Walters, the founder of 3D Parent, shares tips for parents when it's time for their child's parent/teacher conferences. Watch Decoding Parenting: Parent-teacher conference dos and don'ts!
Social Media Safety and the Law
Resources provided by Stefanie Hanley during her April 30, 2020 presentation:
Tools for Success
Bear Creek Libraries
In addition to housing a collection of physical and digital resources that support and enhance the curriculum, the library collection also includes parenting resources. Visit the Bear Creek Libraries and go to the Library Catalog. Then type "parenting" into the search bar.
Preparing for a Successful School Year
Bear Creek administrators discuss how to get the school year off to a great start. Watch the recording on our YouTube channel.
- Gain insight from Early Middle School Division Head Jenn McDonough on how technology can be a tool
- Learn from Lower School Division Head Kristen Gephart about the importance of friendships
- Hear V.P. for Academic Affairs Karen Blankenbeckler share ways the school and parents can partner well
Social Learning on the Playground
Students in Lower School are learning how to navigate socially with others. We know these strategies have to be intentionally taught and that to fully develop these tools, students need practice over time. Teachers spend time in the classroom proactively teaching strategies and unpacking student issues on the playground to teach strategies. One tool we use with students for a common language across Lower School is called Kelso's Choice. We have adults available to help solve big problems. Kelso's Choices provide tools students can use to handle small problems: talk it out, make a deal, tell them to stop, apologize, share, wait and cool off, ignore it, walk away, or go to another game.
Race and Racism
Resources for talking with your child about race:
- Christianity Today: How to Talk About Race With Your Kids
- Motherly: How to Talk to Your Children About the #BlackLivesMatter Protests
- HealthyChildren.org: Talking to Children About Racial Bias
- Axis: How to Talk About George Floyd with Your Teen
- Be the Bridge: Tools for approaching racial reconciliation
- Embrace Race: Equips parents to raise children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. Resources include 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race
- Life in the Gospel: Tim Keller discusses race from the Biblical perspective.
- Bible Project: Justice: BibleProject produces short-form, fully animated Bible videos and other resources to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.
- Parenting: Difficult Conversations: NPR podcast series with guidance for talking with children about race, frightening news, etc.
- Formed for Justice Conference: Gospel in Life Ministries
For adults or older children
- Under Our Skin, Getting Real About Race by Benjamin Watson
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison
- Roadmap to Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil
- Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah
- The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby