At Anchorage School we value our partnership with our parents. In the past, we have offered several options for parent trainings. Those programs required you to come to our school for the program, and we LOVED seeing you here. However, we realize that is not always convenient, and during this COVID time, it’s just not possible.
We are thrilled to announce that the APTA has chosen to provide Youth Tech U to our Anchorage parents. This program is an online course designed to familiarize parents with their kids’ technology and empower them to help install the “guardrails” that will keep their kids safer online, thus reducing the “cyber” problems we have in our schools. We realize that students are spending more time than ever online right now, and we want to equip you with the tools you need to talk with them about any issues they may be having online. There are a lot of good things online, but there is also cyber bullying, social media pressures, and lots of other potential pitfalls to our students’ success.
We have partnered with Scott Harvey from Speaking of Harvey, INC to still provide content to our parents during this time of social distancing.
Scott is a retired police officer who taught the D.A.R.E. program and supervised School Resource Officers for a large part of his career. Scott has presented in our school in years past, and he has spoken to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and educators all over the country about responsible use of technology. His program, Youth Tech U, is an online course for parents designed to familiarize them with some of the potential issues that our students are dealing with online. Youth Tech U is three hours of video content broken up into 14 short videos. This allows you to consume content at your pace, and when it is convenient for you. This format allows Anchorage Public School to provide valuable content to our parents in a more user-friendly way.
This course retails for $129.00, but our APTA has purchased licenses for the parents of our students allowing you to take this course for FREE. We have a limited number of licenses, so please do not share this with people from other schools.
Here’s how it works:
1. Go to www.youthtechu.com
2. Select the Youth Tech U course from the menu
3. On the next page, click the Enroll Now button
4. Click the Add Coupon Code button
5. Enter Coupon Code: Contact email@example.com if you need the code
6. Finish filling out the enrollment page
7. Congratulate yourself – you did it!!
Once you get registered for the course, you will receive an invite to join a Private Youth Tech U Facebook Group. There, you will have direct access to Scott Harvey to ask questions. More importantly, you will be connected with other parents who, like you, are trying to learn what they can do to keep their kids safe online.
Finally, if you would like to join a small group of Anchorage parents to discuss what you are learning, please keep an eye out for some information to come from the APTA Parent Academy. Community is EVERYTHING!!
Please Note: We are still seeking a video-conference program for older students but are proceeding with caution as we know our students may already be more emotionally fragile due to stress from the pandemic. When we do those programs “in person,” we are able to watch for emotional reactions from students and are able to get them in touch with a counselor or trusted school staff. Until we find a program we think we could pull off safely online with students, or have students in school for a program, we are concentrating our efforts on training parents.