Kids are natural learners, gobbling up information everywhere they go — including online. They will inevitably want to use their mobile devices to learn about the world around them. When that time comes, here are a few tips for incorporating mobile devices into your kid’s online learning experience.
- Choose carefully. While there are many options for educational apps and websites, some are better than others. Look for options that are age appropriate and match your child’s interests and learning style. To make online learning more engaging, focus on apps that incorporate interactive elements such as games and videos. A few of the most popular include PBS Kids, Duolingo and Khan Academy.
- Establish boundaries. Yes, online learning should be fun. But that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be well-established rules and guidelines such as determining screen time limits and restricted content. Setting boundaries will help ensure your kid is using their device responsibly and not becoming distracted by inappropriate apps.
- Use parental controls. Most home internet providers offer some form of parent controls. They provide extra protection against potentially harmful content your kid may encounter while browsing educational topics. The C Spire Smart WiFi system powered by Plume allows you to set usage limits, filter websites, restrict types of content and freeze WiFi for specific devices or even for whole locations, such as your kid’s bedroom. Learn more here >>
- Stay engaged. Don’t underestimate the importance of being involved in your kid’s online learning process. Remain aware of what they are consuming and how they are using their devices. Your guidance is a crucial step in keeping them safe online.
Family Online Safety Pledge
Make sure your kids understand that being online comes with responsibilities. This pledge provides guidelines to help your kids and teens use their devices and the internet safely.
More resources for parents
Read more helpful articles about restricting content, limiting screen time and setting boundaries for social media in the C Spire Parents’ Resource Center.