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Modern Life Skills

Welcome to the Educational Technology Digital Life Skills Support PageOn this page, you will find some of the resources utilized by Brentwood School to teach students about digital citizenship and online awareness. Our students spend a lot of time in digital spaces, whether it be for educational or social purposes. In both spaces, it is important that students understand the impact of their participation on other people and on their own digital footprint.

As we learn about new trends in teaching digital citizenship and social media that may be affecting our students' well being, this page will be updated with articles, videos and other resources. Check back here regularly to grow your understanding of the ever-changing online world in which many of your children explore and live.

Featured Resources

Find your Influencers: Empowering Students to Navigate Nutrition and Fitness Trends Online
Blog Post from the Social Institute March 7th, 2024

Cellphones and Devices: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
Article from Common Sense Media, September 26, 2023

The Social Institute's recommendation for navigating Violent conent
Blog Post from the Social Institute, October 11, 2023

More Resources

Girls and Social Media: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
Article from Common Sense Media

Students and AI: Balancing Assistance vs. Cheating
Blog Post from The Social Institute, August 10, 2023 

9th and 10th Grade Parent/Guardian Coffee
Introduction to The Social Institute and Modern Life Skills, April 26, 2023

The Power of Positive Influencers: Insights from our Student Ambassadors 
Blog post from The Social Institute, March 10, 2023

Introducing Artifact: How the New App is Revolutionizing How Students Can Keep up with the News
Blog Post from The Social Institute, February 17, 2023 

Meta Updates Advertisements System to Keep Apps Age-Appropriate for Students
Blog Post from The Social Institute, January 19, 2023

The Future of AI: What ChatGPT Means for Students
Blog post from The Social Institute, December 15, 2022

EdTech and Social-Emotional Learning
Integrating tech tools helps ignite development of key SEL skills. Blog post from Eduporium.

Media Literacy Week 2023

Parent’s Guide to Media Literacy

Trend Micro worked with NAMLE to create a parent’s guide to assist families in starting media literacy conversations at home.

The guide uses real-life examples to focus on one simple piece of advice: teach your kids to ask questions. Download your free copy of the parent’s guide and tell your neighbors where to find theirs.

"Common Sense is an independent voice for kids, families, and communities everywhere. We combine original research with game-changing advocacy efforts to make the digital world work better for all kids..."

"To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence."

Above the Noise, a YouTube series for teens, cuts through the hype and dives deep into the research behind the issues affecting their daily lives. The series investigates controversial subject matter to help young viewers draw their own informed conclusions, while inspiring media literacy and civic engagement.

"Is Snapchat safe for kids? How does it work? And what's with Snapstreaks? Everything curious parents need to know about this ultra-popular app." By Christine Elgersma

"Taking a break from devices is proven to have positive benefits for kids, from better nutrition and focus at home to fewer problems at school."

Contact our Educational Technology Team

For general questions related to support, contact the Help Desk at (310) 889-2734 or ext 1234, option 1 or email us directly at

Scott Perloff

Scott Perloff

Director of Educational Technology, K-12
Bob Kahn

Bob Kahn

Educational Technology Specialist, Middle School
Megan Alkema

Megan Alkema

Administrative Assistant, Educational Technology