How to keep your child technology savvy
It seems that keeping their brains engaged and connected to the Internet is something most parents have to focus on in their everyday life, but it has recently been discovered that most under-11’s aren’t as computer literate as you might imagine.
Wanting to keep your pre-pubescent child happily plugged into the web can be a daunting task, especially when you think about the fact that they are just learning to talk and interact with their peers as they go.
When you’re looking to prevent your young child from being ‘downloaded into the Internet’, you could do worse than take the time to start finding out what they do online. It isn’t just what they can do that’s at stake, it’s what’s been learned, what peers they know and how their online habits could affect them when they go out in the real world.
The risk of kids having an overly-connected to internet environment has been well documented, particularly in regards to the emergence of sexting and receiving inappropriate material, but what if your child is too young to download anything from any website and already spends a lot of time online and online gaming?
Knowing your child’s habits can give you the insight you need, without also potentially putting them at risk. The internet, for most kids, is becoming an increasingly important aspect of their lives, with almost all children now on social networks and much of their activities online according to research group Common Sense Media.
For parents looking to maximise their children’s achievements in technology and media literacy, there are many benefits in knowing what they’re doing on the web and how they’re using it. Not only will you learn more about your own child and the role the internet and online skills play in their lives, but you can also take steps to avoid the risks and stress associated with keeping them hooked to the internet.
What You Should Know About
Having a chat is an easy way to engage with your child and while it doesn’t take much time, it can go a long way in giving them practical insight into what you are doing online and giving them ideas for their future.
Whether it’s learning more about writing or reading, or what it takes to code and create online gaming experiences, it can be a waste of time for you to be chatting to your child about technology and online skills when they haven’t taken the time to learn something and can’t provide any proof or example.
One of the most important aspects of technology and knowledge is having the ability to reflect on a project and analyse it, something more difficult when the internet is a part of everyday life. That way, you’ll have a written to-do list that allows you to plan your next projects, actions and conversations in line with the learning that your child is doing.
Finally, your best bet is to let your child go to whichever place they feel comfortable using for learning, whether that be one of their websites, the bedroom or the basement.