Reflections

13

September

2019

13 September 2019

"Parenting can be hard at times...we are here to help with this “all-access” pass (a $499 dollar value) provided for each of our Dalat families for free."

Parenting has always been hard. There are many challenges to doing it well for various reasons. Down through the ages, each generation of parents think they have it harder than those who came before them. This is natural and I am not discounting it, but can we all agree that we have it harder than our parents 🙂
 
Why is parenting so challenging today? A big part of it is because of technology and it’s amped up pace of development. Our children are experiencing a very different upbringing than we did because of the technology that surrounds them. This makes it hard for us to rely on our experiences and to have insights because less and less of our own childhood relates to theirs. My children are dumbfounded when I try to explain to them what life was like before email and instant communication. The idea of waiting a week or two to have your pictures developed is so foreign to them that they simply cannot relate.
 
Over a year ago, a number of Dalat staff worked together and developed a three-year technology plan. One of the goals that the plan established was that Dalat would provide training and resources for parents on social media and technology. One of the ways that we are going to do this is through a partnership we have created with the organization called Axis. Axis has developed hundreds of resources, parent guides, videos, newsletters, and more to help parents navigate parenting in this media-centric world. Here is a small sampling of what is available:

  • Over 90 parent guides that can be downloaded and include topics such as Snapchat, TikTok, K-Pop, Fortnite, Vaping, Riverdale, YouTube, etc.
  • Numerous “Conversation Kits” to help you talk to your children about difficult issues and topics.
  • The Smartphone Reboot to help you parent in a smartphone world.
  • Cultural Translator Newsletter: sent to your email each week with information on the latest cultural and social media topics.

This “all-access” pass (a $499 dollar value), is provided for each of our Dalat families for free. Our Axis pages give more information about these resources. We will from time to time highlight resources in the Dalat News to make parents aware of what is available. Our hope is that this will make the challenge of parenting today a little bit easier and give our parents the support and insights needed to help our kids learn to live in the media-centric world of today.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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