Are Kids Getting Too Much Information?

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Jennifer Nelson is a mother of ten...and with her oldest being 30, and her youngest 19 months, she's had to adapt to raising kids in a digital world.

"I monitor everything they do on the computer. They either use the computers at the library which have a lot of fail safes or I watch what they're doing very closely," said Nelson.

But Nelson says monitoring their web habits doesn't mean she's a helicopter mom.
"I don't believe in keeping them in a bubble they need to somewhat know whats going on in the world."

And that's why she's comfortable sending them to school during a time where kids can not only access graphic news content, but share it with other students in classrooms.

Chris Zimny with LCSD1 says the district can't keep kids from talking to each other, but they can limit technology's role during school hours

"Kids can't use their cell phones during instructional time"

When it comes to big news stories, Zimny says they want to have open discussions in class, but the focus needs to be on student learning

"If it helps their education, is it pertinent to their education."

Lori Latchford is the elementary facilitator for safe schools at LCSD1 and says current events discussions in elementary schools are much more varied than at the junior high and high school levels.

"We try to keep it age appropriate"

Zimny and Latchford say the school has several resources for curious students at school. But the best resource for kids are their parents.

"Stay involved, stay aware of what they're doing, who they're talking to, what they're downloading."

"Don't be afraid to ask the hard questions, sometimes the kids are really wanting us to talk to them but they're afraid to bring up the taboo subjects."

And when it comes to those subjects Nelson is prepared.

"There's always gonna be kids that know more and if they have questions and want to talk about it I'm going to be straightforward with them"


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