Next week is National Digital Citizenship Week. While there are plenty of resources that come out each year around this time, I think we can all agree that safely navigating the internet, social media, and online gaming is a vital skill set all of our kids need to learn. To that end, this year, Pilot has begun a multi-year partnership with The Social Institute (TSI), a nationally recognized organization dedicated to helping students navigate the complex intersection of well-being, social media, and technology. The TSI curriculum will be woven in age-appropriate ways into our SEL, Library, and Social Studies programming for all students in the middle and upper divisions.
At a time when many students (and most adults) spend hours a day on digital devices, and cyberbullying and reputation-damaging posts run rampant, TSI equips students to make positive, healthy, and high-character choices that fuel their health, happiness, and future success. Our school will be adopting TSI’s comprehensive program, called #WinAtSocial, which promotes character, empathy, teamwork, and other important life skills. Whether or not your child uses social media or a device of their own, we hope that you will find the resources below useful to your family.
To be clear, information offered through this partnership does not instruct anyone how to parent. Instead, these supplementary resources provide insight into social media, technology, and student experiences, offering family discussion prompts and informative resources that you can incorporate into family conversations as much or as little as you like.
How Your Family Can Participate:
- Continue the conversation at home: As students experience #WinAtSocial each month, Family Huddles may be emailed to you as a supplement to a lesson. These are completely optional to run as a family!
- Register your free account for the Parent Toolkit. Many families refer to this as the CliffsNotes of social media and technology! Go to the Toolkit, click Activate Account, and enter our school code: 1ea6143CE035ED
We are excited to be able to offer this important and timely programming to the Pilot community! Have a lovely weekend, everyone.
Alli Wiliams, Ed.D.
Head of School
The Pilot School