Social Media Sharing: A Community Guide

Steward technology experts weigh in on the best ways to approach, monitor children’s social media usage.

How can we teach children to extend the empathy and kindness they practice with others to their use of social media?

Mrs. Karmolinski: In Lower School, we introduce “netiquette” and cyberbullying in first and second grades. We talk about politeness and kindness to others, even when we are just looking at a screen and not a real person. We talk about the how we treat people in the “real world” and how that needs to transfer to the “online world.” We teach these basic social skills on a daily basis in Lower School and so I am hoping that by introducing the concepts of netiquette and cyberbullying early, it will help students to develop the empathy and kindness needed to link the real world with the online world, to understand that there is always a person behind that anonymous screen name, and to treat others with the kindness and respect that we expect of all of our students daily.

Mr. Brannon: As parents model responsible and healthy behaviors for children offline, they should do so online also. Perhaps surprisingly, psychologist Dr. Michele Borba recommends joining social media, friending your children, and posting selfies occasionally to connect with them and to subtly demonstrate best practices. She also recommends checking in about questionable social-media posts, encouraging them to ask questions like “What would I do if Grandma heard about this?” or “Could this damage my relationships or reputation, or might I regret it later?”

Mrs. Ricketts: I think that unless it is expressly pointed out, many people, children as well as adults, are unaware of how remote communication styles differ from face-to-face communication. Without the feedback of subtle cues of body language and voice modulation, we have a skewed understanding of how our messages are being received. We risk sending out digital messages that have the potential to be hurtful, without ever receiving any feedback to let us know their effect. There is an art to remote communication, much like the lost art of letter writing.

Click on each question below to view responses from our technology experts:

 

 

 

Copyright 2019 The Steward School

The Steward School Mission

Our mission at The Steward School is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. We invite you to learn why so many families have chosen to become part of our community.

 

Explore Campus      Learn from the Experts

Experience "The Steward Way"

The Steward School is committed to the kind of education that recognizes individuality and fosters potential through a differentiated approach. If you value small class sizes, close connections with faculty and fellow students, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment with broad opportunities, then Steward may be the right school for you.

 

Learn More     Schedule a Visit    Apply Online

An Education as Unique as Your Child

We are proud to offer a comprehensive curriculum to students in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. Discover the incredible opportunities we provide for each learner.

 

Lower School     Middle School     Upper School

Explore the World of the Arts

Whether setting the stage, striking a chord, creating a masterpiece, or simply exploring individual talents and interests, exposure to the arts develops important life skills necessary for students to succeed in academic areas and everyday life experiences. By providing our students with multiple creative outlets, we seek to nurture talents, build confidence, and help students discover passions.

 

Visual Arts     Music     Theatre

One School. One Team.

Participation, skill building, and sportsmanship are the cornerstones of The Steward School’s athletic program. At all levels, our coaching program is dedicated to giving students the training and experience necessary to develop a lifelong appreciation of physical activity, skill development, and, above all, teamwork.

 

Athletic Calendar     Sports Programs

A New Way of Learning

The Bryan Innovation Lab is a 21st-century, problem-solving environment. Through experiential learning in this cutting-edge facility, students are able to grapple with real world issues, challenging their critical thinking and resourcefulness.

 

Explore the Lab

Beyond the Classroom

The Steward School is a place of learning for the greater Richmond community through various campus programs. Whether you're interested in attending our annual gala, signing your child up for one of our summer camps, or learning more about LEAP, we welcome you to the Steward community.

 

Special Events     Summer Experience

It's for Steward Students!

Your gift helps ensure that each student recieves the best educational experieance at Steward. Learn more about the Steward50 campaign, annual giving, and other ways to support Steward.

 

Learn More     Give Today