Today's students are living in a culture of personal sharing that has changed the concept of privacy. This shift profoundly impacts students in their social, emotional, and academic lives. Most are using social media in a positive way, yet they live in a world where there are few rules about how to behave online. The potential for making online “mistakes” can damage reputation
and have long lasting effects. We call these long-term effects a "digital tattoo" - they can be created in an instant, but stay with their owner forever. Your role as a parent is to help your child develop the critical thinking skills they need to manage their own privacy, respect the privacy of others, and use responsible and ethical decision making in their online lives.
Our children are being exposed to technology at younger ages than ever before. We look at this as a window of opportunity when kids are open, receptive, and excited to learn alongside their parents. This is a time when perspective taking and empathy are growing and can be nurtured. We believe that harnessing the natural empathy that children have and giving them tools for perspective taking, safety, and standing up to cruel online behavior will translate to their later social media lives. Through the use of interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios, this workshop will support parents in helping their children navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.
Middle School: Parenting in the Age of Social Media
Our children have never known a phone that wasn’t a camera or a world without technology. Through the use of interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios, this workshop will explore the rapidly changing digital landscape and how our children are using social media. The psychological responses to social media will be discussed including digital tethering, techno perfection, and lower capacity for solitude. Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children will be discussed throughout the workshop.
High School: Parenting the Always-on Generation
Just as the Google search has replaced the handshake, social media has become the new resume. As we move from being managers to consultants for our teens, staying actively involved is crucial to raising ethical and responsible digital citizens. This session looks at the issues that high school teens are experiencing and includes topics such a sexting, emotional responses to social media, and how to manage online reputations for college, work, and beyond.
Parent Education Seminar for Corporate Employees
This is our popular parent education series in the workplace setting. This is an opportunity for parents to connect and learn about the benefits and challenges of parenting the always-on generation. See descriptions for three age groups above.
Don’t see exactly what you are looking for? My Digital TAT2 can work with you to customize a program to meet the needs of your audience. We work with groups of all sizes in schools, business, and health care settings, as well as churches, synagogues, scouting groups, clubs, and private homes.
Our teacher training helps teachers, administrators, and support staff understand the impact of technology and social media on academic learning and the school and classroom environment. For students today, there is no boundary between home and school in the online world. The blurred lines are compounded when schools send students home with devices. This course is recommended for teachers, administrators, counselors, and staff working with K - 12 students.
The Psychology of Technology: Connecting with the Always-On Generation
Training educators to understand, support, and mentor students in their digital lives is a cornerstone of the MDT2 program. We believe that the role of teachers as digital mentors helps students deal with the challenges of technology and social media and encourages safe, kind, and ethical use.
Our 1 ½ to 2-hour training focuses on enhancing an understanding of a student’s digital world through:
The MDT2 curriculum for each grade is unique and developmentally appropriate for the age and stage of that group, and covers topics and issues specific to their experiences. For instance, the 6th grade workshop focuses on helping students prepare for more independence and autonomy as it is a time when their world widens and supervision decreases. Students are not just consuming media (YouTube), but creating it as well. We help them to engage ethically and responsibly. We know that 7th grade is the peak of bullying behavior and for that grade, the workshop emphasizes empathy, standing up to online and offline bullying, and using social media to do social good in the world.
Our curriculum follows and builds on the previous year's learning. The majority of our schools have us return each year to continue the work with their students as they progress through school. Our emphasis is on early education and prevention, and our most requested workshop is 5th grade, followed by 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.
The elementary workshops are held in classroom settings and are very interactive. Middle school events are generally in assembly format due to the structure of bell schedules. Our curriculums are aligned to the Common Core Standards and are 60-90 minutes in duration.
3rd Grade Student Workshop: Digital Readiness and Citizenship
This introductory workshop prepares the youngest users of digital technology to become responsible virtual citizens. This course focuses on digital safety, online manners, setting limits, and teaching critical thinking skills. This class encourages active family and school partnerships to help kids create lifelong positive digital habits.
4th Grade Student Workshop: Friendship in the Digital Age
This workshop focuses on friendship with an emphasis on perspective-taking and empathy. It helps students think critically about the information they share, the groups they join, and the power of words to hurt or heal. Through the use of active discussion, videos, and role play, students learn strategies for standing up for themselves and others.
5th Grade Student Workshop: Personal Responsibility in the Digital Age
As students leave elementary school and prepare for middle school, this workshop focuses on guiding kids to take personal responsibility for their digital reputation and the reputation of others. Using guided discussion, videos, and real life scenarios, this workshop explores the growing challenges that students face as their world widens and adult supervision decreases.
6th Grade Student Assembly: My Digital Life
Most students are using digital media in a positive way, yet they live in a world where there are few rules about how to behave online. This assembly focuses on empowering students to be ethical and responsible producers and consumers of digital media. Through the use of short videos and critical analysis, students examine their personal online presence and leave with a deeper awareness of the impact they have and their power to create a culture of good use.
7th Grade Student Assembly: Standing up to Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
Research shows that bullying peaks in the seventh grade. This workshop examines the impact of cyberbullying and digital drama on self-esteem and well-being. Applying a historical perspective, this workshop examines the power of standing up to social cruelty both on and offline. Through the use of videos and active dialog, students identify strategies to protect themselves and others. Through discussion of real life scenarios, this workshop highlights examples of using social media for social good and empowers students to make a difference.
8th Grade Student Assembly: Creating a Positive Digital Tattoo
Today’s students live in a culture of personal sharing that has changed the concept of privacy. They live in a world where everyone is connected and anything posted online can go viral. As they approach their high school years, the importance and impact of their online reputation increases and they have an active role in shaping their digital identity. Through the use of videos, analysis, and dialog, this assembly encourages students to manage their own online image and teaches strategies for creating a positive digital presence.
9th, 10th, or 11th Grade Student Assembly: Your Online Reputation
Just as the Google search has replaced the handshake, social media has become the new resume. This workshop delves into the importance of digital reputation and responsibility and helps students examine the more mature issues and challenges they face in high school. Students will explore that what they tag, post, blog, and the way they communicate, shape how they are perceived by others now and in the future.
12th Grade Student Assembly: Digital Best Practices for Success in College and Beyond
This course helps students understand the impact their digital reputation may have on college and job prospects, and provides hands-on strategies for creating a positive online identity.