As parents of digital citizens, it is our duty to ensure our children grow into responsible computer users; this means making sure they have proficient keyboarding skills, are well versed in digital security, and know how to use various software programs with ease. Even though I’m a digital parent, early last year I found I had failed in doing this on so many accounts – my eldest was unable to proficiently use a keyboard and knew little to nothing about about digital security. It became my mission to make sure I remedied this quickly and to ensure that other parents don’t find themselves in the same place, so I’ve gathered all of the resources for you, as well.
Learning Games for Kids – Keyboarding Skills: Fun keyboard for early elementary and young learners
Powertyping: QWERTY & Dvorak + lots of typing games
Free Typing Game: 30+ different typing games for learners of all ages
…more typing games from About.com.
Digital Etiquette Lessons: Digital lesson for older elementary students
Stay Safe Online: Teach your children to become good digital citizens with these resources
Digiteen: Online lessons created by teenagers to help students learn digital responsibility
Reputation: Tips for teaching your children how to maintain digital reputation management
Microsoft Learning Suite
TechnoKids: Collection of technology projects through Microsoft Office Suite activities for children from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
How To Do Things: Basic idea of how to teach your child how to use Microsoft Office.
Structured Learning: Basics of how to use Excel
GCF Learn Free: Basic Excel 2010 usage learning guide
ABC Teach: Tons of learning games for young learners to learn how to use PowerPoint
Presentation Software – About.com: Powerpoint tutorial
Raising Digital Families For Dummies, by Amy Lupold Bair: This easy-to-understand guide helps you get up to speed on everything you need to know NOW in order to keep up with your children’s online and gadget activity. This book will be out in April, but you are going to want to order it asap.
Computer Ethics, Etiquette, and Safety for the 21St-Century Student, by Nancy Willard: This book encourages students to adopt legal, ethical, safe, and courteous behaviors when using technology from International Society Technology in Education.
Since teaching our children digital responsibility is of the utmost importance for parents raising children in this new age, these resources are so valuable for teaching children how to use the new digital world safely and responsibly.
Do you have any resources you swear by?
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