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Raising a Computer Savvy Kid

Aug 18, 2007
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the internet is here to stay. More than 75% of U.S. homes have at least one personal computer, and that number is rising every single day. But, many parents may be unaware of the extent that the internet plays in your child's education.

It is now becoming routine for each and every classroom to come equipped with computers. Lesson plans on technology and activities may be centered on PC's and your child will be expected to show up for class with a certain level of computer knowledge. Many kindergarten classes are even starting up websites and blogs to showcase some of their work for parents and other kids within the school district, so the more they know the better prepared they will be. Most research is now done online, so the old fashioned Dewey decimal system that we grew up with will be a thing of the past. In fact, most libraries require a child to be proficient at internet searches before they can use the library facilities.

The Younger Crowd

Even younger children in pre-school are now being exposed to all the internet has to offer. You may also be surprised to know that creating a class website or blog is now common procedure for even pre-school classes! It is not uncommon for kiddos to coming home throwing around terms like upload and download like they were everyday vocabulary.

Some Advice

We quickly discovered (and you may too) that our little ones knew more about computers than we ever did! I found myself asking a five year old for help, which can be a bit disheartening. So our advice, start early and learn with your child. Be there when they log on and explore all the wonders that the internet has to offer together. Ask questions and then work together to find the correct answer. This will help the two of you bond, and will ensure that your child has the best possible computer background available.

Toddlers as young as one can also start to explore the internet and the computer through specialty programs and keyboards designed for tiny fingers. They have special buttons and keys that would allow your child to access certain menus and features without compromising the safety of your programs or personal files. So you no longer have to worry about your computer getting harmed.

There is really is no reason to keep the computer away from your kids- it's a great learning tool and opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
About the Author
Sarah Jones loves teaching. When she isn't teaching her own son, she is busy sharing her love of education with others.
Find a wide assortment of Lesson Plans , crafts for kids, and education tips at her site, http://www.KnowMore.com.
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