Student and Parent Activities for #SMARTWEEK

 “I would encourage all people of good will who are active in the emerging environment of digital communication to commit themselves to promoting a culture of respect, dialogue and friendship.”  This statement by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Message of the Holy Father for the 43rd World Communications Day - 2009) sets a challenge to educators, parents and youth to be SMART with their use of digital technologies.

Complete list of #SMARTWEEK activities for students and parents: 
Parent & Student Activities for SMARTWEEK.pdf



Students, parents, school and Church all work together to become Saints

·        Obey your parents’ guidelines for technology use.

·        Talk with parents and/or trusted adults about your online experiences

·        If you see or hear anything online that makes you feel unsafe or worried for yourself or someone else, tell an adult.

·        If you see or hear of someone else getting mistreated or bullied online (texting, social media, etc.), tell an adult.

·        Remember, nothing is ever so bad that you can’t tell an adult and ask for help.

       -- Parents, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Pastor, principal, teachers and other parents for help and support.

        --  Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 2223: Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children.

       --   Wait until at least 8th grade to give your kids a smartphone: Wait Until 8th

       --  Parents:  Understand cyberbullying:






Use your device to further your faith with these apps and websites

·        Rosary app  iOS  Android

·        Divine Mercy app (with virtual Chaplet) iOS  Android

·        Daily Mass Readings on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website

·        EWTN website (Eternal Word Television Network) watch and listen online

·        EWTN Kids website Catholic activities & games for kids

·        Mass Times for Travel iOS app; Android app or go to Mass Times website

·        Saint of the Day for Kids $1.99 app available for iOS and Android

·        Catholic Sprouts Daily Podcast for Catholic Kids short episodes designed to plant one seed of faith each day (free in iTunes)

·        Chime Traveler Kids website to accompany book series for young readers

Parents: Go to (on-demand videos, audio and eBooks for adults and kids) or get the app iOS  Android



Always ask permission before downloading or signing up for any service

·        Give your passcode and passwords to your parents

·        Show your parents the apps on your device.  Teach them how to use them!

·        Check the ratings on your video games. Are they age-appropriate?

·        Remember social media services like Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch require account holders to be at least 13 years-old.

Ø  Parents: Ask your children for their passwords and passcodes.



Manage your devices and manage your time

·        Screen Time Log (handout) download

·        Set a timer during your screen time

·        Use Apple’s “Screen Time” to find out how much time you spend in your iPod, iPad or iPhone and set limits for what you want to manage. Go to Settings > Screen Time.

·        Charge your devices in a central location (i.e. kitchen) at bedtime.

Ø  Parents: Monitor your kids’ game time with the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App

Ø  Circle: Smart Family Controls manage all connected devices in your home. Integrates with NetGear routers.

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