Burbank School Helps Parents Brush Up on Their Digital Knowledge

The digital divide between parents and their children can have all sorts of consequences affecting everything from academics to safety. With that in mind, one Burbank Unified middle school has taken steps to bridge the gap.

Luther Burbank Middle School held a recent meeting to teach parents about the devices, websites, and apps their children are using.

“This is about how the technology works and what the kids are doing — what is dangerous, what is silly and what are bad habits,” said Lori Getz, founder of Cyber Education Consultants, which hosted the discussion (Los Angeles Times). She noted that 80% of children say they’ve had contact with a stranger online and just 10% have told their parents.

“As a parent, myself, our children are growing up as digital natives,” said Burbank Supt. Matt Hill. “As a parent, it’s important to support our kids and educate our parents on cyber living.”

Topics of the presentation included social media websites, Netflix, and YouTube, which has been at the center of numerous controversies over inappropriate content lately.


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