AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Independent School District is providing families with information and tips to keeps students safe while online through parent forums.
The forums focus on how the district is teaching digital citizenship and how parents can reinforce these lessons at home as they guide and monitor their children.
"Just because a parent has an app on their phone that is the same as the child's doesn't mean the parent is always aware of what that app can do," said AISD Learning, Design and Technology Coordinator Donna Hill.
Hill said it's important parents keep conversations at home open.
She added parents sometimes fail to realize a student's willingness to share what they know.
"Conversation starters are important," said Hill. "During dinner or while watching a television show turn to your children and ask them to help you with an app."
The forums are enlightening staff and faculty as well as means to accessing social media apps continue to become easier for students.
"It doesn't have to be a phone, there are so many devices now, the Wii, the Xboxes, all of those things have some sort of communication device built in," said Hill.
The forums are led by AISD's Learning, Design and Technology Coaches, who work with teachers and students to integrate technology into the curriculum in a meaningful and innovative way.
All parents are invited to attend all forums and interpreters are provided at each one.
Forums begin at 6:00 p.m. and will last 30 to 45 minutes with a 15-minute question and answer session.