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Modern Life Skills

Welcome to the Educational Technology Digital Citizenship & Online Awareness Support Page.

On 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 

Common Sense Media App Review Store
Detailed reviews on various Apps your students might be interested in

Family and Community Engagement Program
Common Sense Media led program, May 2024

Seven insights from elementary students on how they are navigating technology and social media
Blog Post from the Social Institute, March 13th, 2024

How Elementary Schools can Harness the Social Institute's Standards to Build Character and Empower Responsible Tech Use
Blog Post from the Social Institute, March 5th, 2024

How to Help Kids Balance Phones and Screens with Sleep
Article from Common Sense Media, September 26, 2023

We are excited to announce that Brentwood has partnered with The Social Institute. By locking arms with the Social Institute, we will equip students with the skills they need to navigate their social worlds, online and offline, empower student voice, and strengthen school culture.

Register your free account for the Parent Toolkit! Many families refer to this as the Cliffs Notes of social media and technology! Go to the Toolkit, click Activate Account, and enter our school code. To receive Brentwood's school code, please email 

     News Literacy Week

Book Recommendations 

Past Articles

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

Minecraft: Education Edition  

Review Minecraft Education Edition. This is the version we recommend you use and we use in class. If you have questions regarding your student's account please contact Pam Horrocks. 

Parent Coffee Slideshow, Modern Life Skills, 4.20.23

Parent's Ultimate Guide to Roblox 

Is Roblox safe for kids? How does it work? And what the heck are Robux?

Article from Common Sense Media, December 14, 2022

Parents' Ultimate Guide to Minecraft

If you choose to have your student play with the regular Minecraft, please review this article to stay up to date on safety concerns. 

Article from Common Sense Media, January 5, 2023

EdTech and Social-Emotional Learning

Article from Eduporium, April 15, 2022


Explore how being online affects your sleep.

Blog post from The Social Institute, September 21, 2022.

"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."

Grade Level Resources


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
Megan Alkema

Megan Alkema

Administrative Assistant, Educational Technology
Pam Horrocks

Pam Horrocks

Educational Technology Specialist, Lower School
Blake Knutson

Blake Knutson

Educational Technology Teaching Associate, Lower School