Posted by Nerea Bezares October 08, 2009
Some parents believe that if their children do not have access to new technologies, they may not be preparing them for the future. Consequently, they purchase a PC and pay for an Internet connection for their children to benefit from it.
- Do children really need a computer at home?
- How much time should they spend on the computer?
- What should and shouldn’t they do?
These answers can be provided by your children’s teachers, who will inform you:
- Whether they learn about new technologies at school and whether they need a PC at home.
- Whether the school has computers children can use out of school hours to do their homework.
- Whether libraries and youth centers nearby offer basic courses, activities or free Internet use.
Above all, teachers will know your children and can provide guidance regarding activities and the time they should dedicate every day, depending on their age and educational progress.
You will see children’s enthusiasm as they turn the computer on (without fear or prejudice), and the speed with which they assimilate concepts that adults have taken a long time to assimilate.
- Through educational games (music, letters, numbers, pictures, etc.) they expand their vocabulary, and improve their writing, reading, memory and motivation.
- When they search for information (mostly when working with other students or parents) children learn to overcome obstacles through team work, and are encouraged to share.
- On using social networks (Facebook, Twitter,…), they evolve as individuals feeling part of a group that has their same interests, etc. Remember that this point is not without risks.
- Later on, as children advance, let them explore in a controlled way, monitoring them at a distance. You will be increasing their security and autonomy.
We have found common guidelines among parents and children between four and eight years:
- Parents install games they have previously checked.
- Internet access is limited to specific pages through a control (Antivirus – Parental Control).
- During the week, limit computer use to an hour a day maximum.
- When children have the chance to play with friends, go for walks, on excursions, etc. turn the computer off.
- If children behave badly, don’t let them use the computer.
- In the case of adolescents, these guidelines are also valid, but slowly increasing their autonomy according to their level of responsibility.
All this, bearing in mind the danger and tips previously explained in this blog and in your children’s educational environment.
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Nerea Bezares – eknowledge Department