How computer savvy is your child?
Here are 6 ways of increasing his interaction with the computer.
You want to familiarise your child with the computer but are not sure where to begin, so you decide to enroll him in computer classes. True, the classes will serve the purpose and increase your child's basic computer knowledge, but before shedding out the dough, explore these options.
1. Word Processor
Every child should develop a basic
knowledge of a word processor. These days most people use Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. Switch on the programme for your child, teach him to open
and save files and delete words, and let him figure out the rest. Encourage
him to keep a personal diary on the computer, in which he can jot down
the daily happenings. This will provide your child with a reason to work
on the word processor.
Encourage your children to keep in
touch with friends and relatives by email. Someone's birthday coming up?
Let your children email them a card. Email is fast becoming the preferred
way to communicate, and before long postal letters or 'snail mail' will
be passe. Once you have a connection, email is almost free, and it is unlimited.
Sending a letter by post is, by comparison, far more expensive.
Do you children play games on the
computer? Video games will keep them hooked for hours. But try to limit
the time they spend playing such games. Running around in the open air
with their friends playing kho kho or catch is far healthier. As far as
possible, try to ensure that your children stay away from violent games.
Instead, have them play mind games like Chess and Scrabble, or general games of
skill like Packman.
4. School Projects
Remember the good old days when we
had to run around with our parents looking for magazines and encyclopedias
every time we had to submit a project in school? Well, the internet has
changed all that. Research has become much easier thanks to the innumerable
sites on the net. It's the dawn of the information age. Have your child
log on to Google.com, and search for the information he needs. He is sure
to find a few sites that will be of tremendous help.
5. Free Offers
Who doesn't love receiving freebies?
There are tons of sites on the net offering all sorts of free stuff, and
loads of contests and competitions that your child can enter. Your child
can even earn money for surfing the net! Tons of schemes are available,
so get your child started. Who knows, maybe he'll win you a round-the-world
6. Family Website
Creating a website and maintaining
it is relatively easy, and a basic one can definitely be made by an older
child. So have your child get started on building a personal website. Sites
like yahoo.com offer free space, and they have a website builder which
helps you through the entire process. You can choose a background, colour,
font and page format from the various options available. Once your child
has settled on a look for the page, you can help him with the matter you
want displayed on your site.
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- The Indiaparenting Team