Jan 18

Separating Personal Content from School Content

Following the season of gift-giving and receiving, there may be new devices in your household. Wondering what apps to download to that device? This Essential Apps Guide from Common Sense Media helps parents find appropriate apps by device and age. Many have been rated for learning potential, giving your device an extra dose of enrichment for your family!

This might be an opportune time to share some tips with your student on how to separate personal content from school content on each device. For example, you may want to prevent personal photos, music, apps, etc. from appearing on school devices. Remember, the primary purpose of school devices is to support learning!

If your child has an Apple device they may separate content on these two devices by:

  1. Creating a new Apple ID to use with their new personal device;
  2. Removing the Apple ID associated with their school device or vise-versa. This can be done on the device (iPad/iPhone) you want to remove the association.

If your student has a Chromebook there is a possibility that the extensions and bookmarks that they have on their personal account will also display at school and vise versa. If you want to keep this content separate you will need to unsync the content you wish to keep separate.

Again, separating the devices is a great way to help students separate personal content from their school device.

Happy New Year!

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Jan 17

Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

Balancing the benefits of sharing data (personalization, for example) with the dangers (identity theft) can be difficult; teaching our children how maintain this balance can be daunting.

One way to protect kids online? Talk to them. This site from the Federal Trade Commission has a wealth of resources for parents to begin these important conversations with their children. And here are some stories from other families who share how they navigate data privacy in their homes.

We’d love to hear from you. What is your approach to protecting your children’s data as they begin exploring the internet and social media?

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Dec 15

Celebrating Computer Science Week in St. Vrain

Across St. Vrain Schools, students and teachers explored coding, robotics and more to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10.

Coal Ridge Middle School hosted a Code-a-Thon on Tuesday, December 5 to kick off Computer Science week with a bang! There were 11 teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who spent the morning addressing the challenge presented: Increase Happiness at Coal Ridge Middle School. Even students who were new to coding participated and were successful in learning a new literacy skill! Students who had previously taken a technology elective or participated in the CRMS STEM Explorers club had some experience in coding and were excited to put their skills to the test. Thank you to CRMS Librarian Teacher, Karen Hoppis, for organizing and championing this exciting STEM activity!


Check out highlights from other Computer Science activities from around the district by following the #svvsdcsed hashtag on Twitter.





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Dec 14

Screentime and Setting Healthy Limits

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for screen time for children. Their new recommendations move away from strict time limits and toward an expectation that families pay attention to the types and quality of media interactions that children are engaging in.

As Dr. Jenny Radesky shares:

“What’s most important is that parents be their child’s ‘media mentor.’ That means teaching them how to use it as a tool to create, connect and learn.”


Along with their new guidelines, the Academy has released a Family Media Plan tool to help families have conversations about media usage and to set healthy limits that align with their own values and needs. Learn more in the video below and consider how you can use this tool in your family conversations.


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Dec 13

Five Simple Steps to a Healthy Media Diet

Here are Five Simple Steps to a Healthy Media Diet from Common Sense Media.

  1. Choose the good stuff
  2. Watch, listen and play together
  3. Walk the walk
  4. Keep a balance
  5. Watch the clock


Click here to watch the video.

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