Topic outline

  • General

    Welcome to Parenting In A Digital World!

    This course will offer resources on a variety of topics to assist you as you navigate the waters of parenting in the 21st Century. We offer the opportunity to explore a variety of topics with suggestions from experts in the field. Please do not feel you need to look at every resource! Pick the ones that most interest you


    You may want to bookmark this site so you can return easily.  Clicking on the links below will give you access to each unit but will also carry you outside of the Bedford County School domain. 

    Basic Safety
    Basic Internet Safety
    Keeping Computer Safe
    Keeping Safe

    Managing Devices in the Home

    Social Networking
    Social Networking
    Digital Footprint
    Creating a Positive Digital Footprint



    At the end of each unit, we suggest that you put together a plan of action that best meets your parenting philosophy. Ultimately, we hope that it sparks reflective dialog with you and your child.

  • Online Safety

    They connect to it. They download from it. They watch on it. They listen to it. They play on it. They surf on it. They converse with it. Do you know how to monitor it? It can be hard to keep up when today’s inventions are tomorrow’s antiques, but we want our kids to be safe online, and with the amount of time kids spend online, it’s crucial that you do what you can to keep them safe

  • Mobile Technology

    The technology that is available to kids today can be overwhelming for parents—especially when it comes to devices that kids can put in their backpacks and carry with them—whether it’s a cell phone, a hand-held gaming system, a laptop computer, a smart phone, an iPad, mp3 player, or something else. This mobile technology makes it easier for kids to fit whatever they want to access in their pockets, while making it more difficult for parents to monitor what their kids are doing.

  • Topic 3

  • Cyber Bullying

    Why do I need to be concerned about what my child is doing online?

    It’s easy for kids to think they’re anonymous online, because they’re interacting only with a screen and not directly with a person. They forget that what they post becomes public. One of the biggest dangers is risky content. Despite some efforts to regulate content, some of the most popular sites, including YouTube and Google Video, will host disrespectful and inappropriate content. In addition, there are plenty of sites off the beaten path where anything goes. You don’t want your child stumbling into adult movies or attending virtual wild parties. Nor do you want them connecting with online predators.

    Why is cyberbullying a problem?

    With virtually unlimited access to video cameras and phones, kids can post any photo or footage for the world to see. Unfortunately, some take advantage of this and post unflattering or incriminating videos and photos of others online. Talk to your kids about cyberbullying. Make sure they are not a cyberbully—or a victim.

    How big of a problem are online predators?

    The risk of online predators will not go away, especially with the increase in interactive and engaging sites where kids are encouraged to share personal information and generate personalized content. Online predators get the most attention when it comes to online safety, but what parents don’t realize is that biggest predator threat isn’t strangers—it’s your child’s peers. Kids are more likely to suffer from posting—or having someone they know posting—something inappropriate online.

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