West Frisco & Legacy West

Guiding Our Children Through the Technological Age

Posted on 10-13-2014 | Kids 'R Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West

Did you now that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? In today’s technological world, we have access to more resources and opportunities than ever before. While technology has opened many doors, it also means that we, as parents, need to take extra precautions when giving our children access to the Internet.

Instead of being completely scared of technology, parents have the unique position of offering their children safe ways to navigate through technology. Even at a young age, children can become very familiar with technology making it important to help them create healthy, non-harmful habits when using it.

Here are three easy tips for parents to implement when tackling this concern:

  • Be involved in their online time. – Instead of completely restricting your child from using the Internet, make it an activity that you do together. Younger children will likely be more open to asking you questions and permission to do things than when they reach adolescence and teenage years. You may get tired of visiting the same websites but your presence and explanation of boundaries will help them make good choices in the future when you are no longer sitting next to them.
  • Set clear boundaries. – Spend some time intentionally talking with your children about the amount of time they can spend on the computer and which sites they are allowed to visit. You can even have them sign an agreement and post it next to the computer so that everyone is on the same page. Go to www.SafeKids.com for some free contract agreements you can use.
  • Location matters! – When setting up a computer with Internet connection in your home, make sure you place it in an area that makes the screen easily visible to anyone who is around. Putting the computer in a central location helps you monitor what your child is viewing and how long they have been using the computer.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West, we know that technology is an integral component to helping your child understand the world around them. We offer state-of-the-art SmartBoard technology for our students and partner with the award-winning ABCmouse.com website to help your child learn and grow. The more we can prepare them to use technology in healthy and productive ways, the more we can set them up for a lifetime of success! Contact us to learn more about our technology-filled classrooms and exclusive curriculum!

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