During the fall of 2017, the Technology Department conducted a survey (adapted from Common Sense Media) of 4th-8th grade students to measure knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around their digital lives. The following spring, another similar survey went out to all SAES parents concerning their children’s digital lives. 52% of SAES families responded to the survey, and the major takeaways from the survey were used to make the attached infographic.

The Technology Department looked at data across grade levels to understand media-use trends as children age. We also compared students’ answers with parents’ answers to assess whether students and parents have similar perceptions around media use.

It is clear that SAES parents consider teaching their children to be good digital citizens extremely important. Yet, parents are seeking guidance in finding appropriate ways to address concerns around technology.

Digital Life Survey 2018

There is a link toward the bottom of this infographic that says "Click Here to complete your customizable Family Media Plan recommended by the AAP".  I have included the link here since the link will not work on the image.

Dear Parents,

As the world of technology expands and becomes more and more accessible by everyone, we find it to be more and more important to have open conversations on how to manage everything that goes along with it. What device is right for you? What computer is right for your children? When is it appropriate to use a device? These are just some questions that we ask ourselves. One question or topic that comes up in conversations quite often is about ways to monitor, protect and keep children safe while using the Internet. We put together the following findings from our research on this topic. If you have additional resources that should be shared, or if you have found success using any of the monitoring and blocking parental controls listed below, please let us know. In addition, we will continue to BLOG on topics of interest to you, so be sure to email us with suggestions on other topics.


Technology at Home – 10 Considerations

   1.   Define your family’s Technology Principles – What are the main reasons we want to have balance in our lives regarding screen time and other activities?

   2.   Talk weekly with your children about their technology use.

   3.   Designate device-free family time.

   4.   Schedule device-free social activities such as sports, lessons, and volunteering.

   5.   Consider taking devices out of the bedroom during sleeping hours.

   6.   Create a screen time or media contract. (See resources below.)

   7.   Be an educated parent. (See organizations below.)

   8.   Stay abreast of the latest trends through email newsletters. (See recommendations below.)

   9.   Share and connect with other parents.

  10.   Deploy monitoring and blocking strategies in your household.  (See resources below.)


Screen Time Contracts

Screen Time Contracts from Screenagers

Common Sense Media Family Media Agreement and Device Contracts



Common Sense Media - Empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Family Online Safety Institute - International, non-profit organization that works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. 

Psychology Today's Parenting in a Digital Age - This blog explores how parents and children might live together meaningfully in a digital age.

Richard Freed, Ph.D. - Child and adolescent psychologist, speaker and author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age.


Email Newsletters

Safe Smart Social – Monthly social media tips and updates

Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesdays – Tuesday emails with conversation starters about social media, research, tech tips and much more to incite a dynamic conversation with your kids

Common Sense Media - Age-based movie reviews, app recommendations, and more


Monitoring and Blocking

ARTICLE: Everything You Need to Know About Parental Controls – Great overview of how it all works

Microsoft Family Safety – Block sites, set time limits, and see activity reports

Circle with Disney - Filter content, limit screen time and set a bedtime for every device in the home

OurPact - Mobile guidance for your family, available for iOS and Android
Screen Time - Parental controls for iOS, Android and Kindle devices
Curbi - Parental controls for Android and Apple mobile devices
ParentKit - Control and schedule what is on your child's iPod, iPad or iPhone
NetSanity - Parental controls for iOS
FamilyTime - Parental controls for iOS and Android
Net Nanny - Parental controls for Android and iOS
Mobile Fence - Parental controls and GPS tracking for Android devices
Verizon Family Base - Monitor wireless activity and set usage limits
AT&T Parental Controls - Manage internet and email activity on computers
T-Mobile Family Allowances - Manage minutes, messages and downloads on phones

How to turn on Parental Controls on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

How to turn on Parental Controls on a Mac with OS Sierra

How to set up Parental Controls for Xfinity Internet


St. Anne’s Technology Department

Glen Worthing

Jennifer Worthing


Dear St. Anne's Families,

At St. Anne's we currently have Macbooks, iMacs, Chromebooks, and iPads. We often get asked the question: What is the difference between a Macbook and a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS while a Macbook runs the Mac OS X operating system. Chromebooks are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. As a result, Chromebooks don't have a lot of onboard storage, and they cost between $150-$350. Macbooks have faster processors, better screen graphics, more memory, and can do more complex tasks like video editing. The cost of a Macbook is between $1,000-$2,000. The lifespan of a Chromebook is estimated to be around three years while the lifespan of a Macbook averages around six years. A Chromebook only allows the user to use the Chrome browser while multiple browsers can be used on a Macbook, such as Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
Since we use many online tools at St. Anne's such as Google Drive, IXL, WeVideo, and Typing Agent, the Chromebooks have been a great addition to the school. The iMacs and Macbooks have been great for creating iMovie projects, HyperStudio projects, Pages documents and other offline projects. There has been much debate about which device is best: PC or Mac. Now Chromebooks have been added to the mix. If you have any questions about these devices, please do not hesitate to ask.

Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children

Below are a few links to articles published by Common Sense Media that we thought you might find interesting.

Technology should work for you and work within your family values and parenting style. When technology is used thoughtfully and appropriately, it can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, technology can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime, and sleep.

3 Places Families Should Make Phone Free - This article is about how technology can interrupt our most treasured family moments. Sure, our devices keep us connected, informed, and engaged. However, meals, bedtime, and even time in the car are the three times when we need to just say no to using devices. Click here to read the article.

Kid's Summer Movies Guide 2017 - Since school's out, that means there are even more movies aimed at kids, tweens, and teens. But how will parents decide what's appropriate for their kids? Common Sense Media has a guide that can help parents choose which summer movies are best for their kids. Click here to read the article.