Moving from Media Police to Media Mentors

A calendar full of ideas to help parents develop a positive relationship with their kids around digital technologies - not just police it.

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Media Mentor Month is an initiative to help parents develop a positive relationship with their children around digital technologies. Just as we want to be mentors for our children in reading or having a healthy lifestyle, we also want to mentor them in their digital world too (see more details about being a Media Mentor here). The trouble is, sometimes parents don’t know exactly how to go about that. Media Mentor Month provides parents with some ideas and strategies to help foster and develop that relationship.

Share research or student experiences that informed your idea!

Attending a conference in London around screen time research led me to the conclusion that there is an over-emphasis on limits and not enough focus on thinking critically about how we use screens, particularly how we use screens with our children. This echoed experiences students at my school in Switzerland shared, where their parents "hate" their kids' iPads, despite being on their phones a lot. Showing parents how to be mentors for their kids seemed essential to changing this paradigm.

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March Media Mentor Month.pdf

The full calendar of Media Mentor Month. Look for the hashtag #MediaMentorMonth on Twitter.

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Applauded! This is an awesome idea and wonderful resource!

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Time and Tide waits for no man (person), but digital technology will leave us behind don't get surf (ac)ing, mentoring and womentering. Get with it and embrace it - great ideas and structure which can move at the appropriate pace

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Great advice and ideas for all ages!

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Thank you so much!

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Great idea! Thank you so much for creating and sharing this.

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Thanks Tim (in my head, you're always TS!) I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment here.

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A wonderful idea to engage both parents and children, we used it this month with our parent community great response to this idea.

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What a great idea!

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Hi Keri-Lee,

Thank you for your share! This is a great vehicle to drive this important messaging home to families. So often parents "don't know what they don't know" and the calendar shares tangible ideas and links to effective tools and examples!

Also, in looking at your other postings, I appreciated your balanced approach and "voice."

Planning to share your site with our families!

Best,

Kali Baird

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That is so kind of you to say! I am a parent myself, and find if we don’t get examples, then we don’t know what being a mentor looks like.

My colleague and i have licensed it as Creative Commons - (attribution, share alike, non-commercial) so feel free to adapt to your context under those conditions.

Let me know if I can support in any way.

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I love the idea of this. Digital Life is here (whether we like it or not) and it is so important for us to figure out how to introduce this into children's lives rather than resisting it!

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Gaynor Brown You are so right. Sometimes just verbalising our thought processes can be helpful to kids. Either way, encouraging the community to get on board is empowering. Thanks for your kind feedback.

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Keri-Lee,

Thanks for sharing this great resource! What a great tool for teachers and others to use in their work.

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Paul Kim  thank you so much for the feedback! I am so glad you found it useful.