Responsible Communities

5 years ago

In today’s world we as moms face any number of challenges in raising our children. Technology is an ever increasing tool and challenge to parenting. Our local school applied and received a grant to provide a majority of the kids Ipad's this school year. I consider myself a mild techy, however, I am a loss this year. The school gave us specific instructions as how to set up an email and an iTunes account for our children that they will be using this year. I know how to do the email and the iTunes, I just do not agree with the school wanting an iTunes account. ITunes has specific rules as to age requirements, the school ignored that and now there are issues linking the ipad’s and the iTunes accounts.

Now as most people know schools employ technology people to help set-up and monitor all technology. The technology person did okay in answering many questions that us parents had/have. I just don't think that the school thought this ipad thing through all the way; they don't take suggestions and do not offer more in-depth training for the parents. As a result I have been seeking help and have enlisted a friend of mine who is an IT person to help me and my daughter through this.

Do other parents face these challenges as well?

I think that some local companies here have no idea what community means. I also do not think that they realize how much their support and input could/would help our communities. We recently had a tragic event happen in our community; we lost a young man due to an ATV accident. He was in the second grade, and was a friend of my daughter. My daughter has been having a hard time since and the family of the young man recently sponsored a festival. It was an amazing tribute to raise money for Make-A-Wish, and some local charities. There was food, a car show, and games for kids, a golf and archery tournament, and a number of wonderful bands! I volunteered for the day, and had the best time!

Many local businesses donated items, time and money to this event. The community really stepped up to contribute and support this event and the family. However, one local business that has had dealings for years with the family was unfortunately absent. The company is one of the largest in the area; they are a multi-million dollar business. If they supported this event it was a nominal donation, but I believe it was nothing. I wonder how companies can do that. How do they look around at the community they are in and do nothing to help? Are all businesses this way now days? I guess I am old fashioned, I believe that all companies and individuals need to step up when challenges face our communities.

That is all I have to ramble on about today. Feel free to ask questions or email me!

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