Ways to Help Parents Guide Kid's Online Learning

January 19, 2017
  • Image source : Ben Timney

    Written By : Ame Rukwongsa

     

    Let’s face it: the Internet is here to stay. It’s a major part of all our lives now, and who knows how it will influence the world during the lifetimes of our children? As parents, all we can do is try to educate our children about how to use the web safely. To help you help them, here are our top tips on guiding kid’s online learning:

     

    1. Utilise educational resources

    There are a lot of social sites and games online, but don’t forget that the Web is also a great educational resource. You can explore that with your child by picking a topic that they enjoy and then watching someone of the millions of educational videos out there on the subject. You can even use these as a starting point for offline activities. For example, does your child enjoy science and nature? Watch a video on worm farming, then see if they’d like to try making one for themselves. Are they more interested in history? Have a look at an historical documentary, then try re-enacting key scenes.

     

    1. Give them fun research tasks

    Once your child is used to the idea of the Internet as a fun, educational tool, you could test their research skills by getting them to find things out for themselves. Think of a random question like ‘Why is the sky blue?’ or ‘What is ‘pi’ used in maths?’, then see what they can find online. If you have two or more children, you could even make this into a game in which they race each other and see who can come up with the correct answer first.             

     

    1. Create an image collage

    While videos and written articles are a great source of information online, there are also a lot of helpful images, and being able to effectively search for and find what you’re looking for is another important skill. Again, guide their learning by setting a fun task. Decide a theme and ask them to create a collage about it. For example, if you’re going on holiday to a new country, see what pictures they can find of that country and use these as starting points to discuss the place’s history and culture. You could choose any theme you like, though, from famous paintings to worm farming – the possibilities really are endless.

     

    1. Set up a joint social media account

    This might not be feasible for older kids who wouldn’t be caught dead socialising with their parents in the school playground, let alone online! For pre-teens who are new to social networking, though, creating a joint account may be a good idea. If you’re both on the same Facebook page or Pinterest account, you can give them the freedom to explore how these sites work, while having good oversight over what they get up to. Having an online presence as a family is also a good way to teach them how the Internet can help connect you to your loved ones, particularly if they have aunts, uncles or grandparents abroad. When you’re confident that they understand good social networking practice, you can either hand over the account to them fully or let them set up their own personal profile.

     

    There are lots of great ways to guide your children’s learning online. From watching an educational video about worm farming to Pinning images of your holiday destination… A bit of oversight and guidance from parents when your children are young can help turn them into confident, savvy Internet users for life. Happy surfing!

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