I live in a pretty conservative country at the moment. And though parents are vehemently opposed to our school posting pictures of their children learning, creating, and inquiring via the school’s social media sites, those same parents don’t see any issue with posting pictures of their children and someone else’s at a birthday party, school event, or on a play date.

Why the contradiction?

I think it goes back to the old adage: “Do as a I say and not as I do.” I know we all fall victim to this attitude at various times, “No sweet child of mine, you cannot have ice cream for dessert…[inner monologue retorts] because then there will be nothing left for my dessert.” But when it comes to technology, things are getting very extreme.

I’ve seen it more times than I can count, two moms enjoying Starbucks talking loudly about how some other (read: bad) mother let’s her child watch too much “Peppa Pig.”  They critique and criticize while their children swipe away on the iPad using “educational games.” [insert eye roll here]

Let’s call a spade a spade people… Technology is here. It’s in our lives. It’s changing our lives. It’s altering the way we think, the way we live, the way we behave, and the way we interact. Pretending it isn’t here and that you have all the answers is not a solution.

And in walks my newest COETAIL course, like a knight on a white stallion here to save the day…well, to save my sanity anyways. My newest journey: Designing a Parent Learning Program is just what I need.

As a first grade teacher, children enter my class with the ability to swipe, download, Airdrop, and “insta”, but they don’t know how to tie their shoes, eat with a fork, pack their backpack or say “Thank You” to someone holding the door open for them. Hopefully my learning will help me help parents through this dense forest. Maybe after this 8-week journey, I’ll be able to answer the countless versions of: “How do I keep them off the iPad?” or “How do I stop him from playing Fortnight at a friend’s house?” or “Well how much technology time is too much technology time?” and “But she won’t believe me until she gets confirmation from YouTube!” I’m excited to coach my parents through this journey.

I hope to create something meaningful before I leave this conservative yet technologically astute community…Here’s hoping.