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Technology in our homes and schools have come fast and is still growing. The change it has on our everyday lives is substantial and the advantages it brings to our schools is enlightening. I am a daughter of a school teacher and am a PTA president. I also am a Mom to boys from 6-22. I have seen technology transform the way schools teach very clearly. When our oldest was in middle school, our schools started online communications. It was called Parent Connect in our district. For the first time, we had the ability to log into a site and see our son’s grades and assignments. Before, we found out if we got email or phone warnings and relied on him to tell us what works he has due. To suddenly have an eyeball on his work was so beneficial to us as he was the student to hide work and have excuses for every bad grade. We were able to look ahead and be prepared and teach him to learn that way as well. Technology has suddenly connected parents with teachers and staff in a new way that allows us all to work together for our child.
With the benefits technology brings to our homes and schools comes concerns of safety. My husband has been a victim of identity theft twice and myself once. In my husbands case, bank accounts were open in his name and a few years later, he learned of an arrest nearby that uncovered many fake ID’s and fake bank checks of victims-my husband included and many checks were written to retailers. The suspect was in jail and within 2 years, the same scenario happened all over again. Whether it was the same man or another common scheme where personal info is sold to other suspects within jail and the streets we will never know. In my case, my card was breached at a local major retailer. In all cases, it was a hassle to clear our names. Until identity theft happens to you, you have no idea the headaches and violation you feel. It is a moment of panic!
Technology brings education closer to home, but poses risks of online safety. Technology can also be used for good. I have seen many small businesses gain support and funds through online Kickstarters. I have seen the sick and injured open donation pages to receive help from generous online friends and donors. In these cases, we are reminded about the good technology can do!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.