Parents and Technology

Education Technology Insights | Monday, July 08, 2019

In today’s age, it is vital for parents to learn about the technology that their kids use.    

FREMONT, CA: The concept of organizations holding meetings with parents and explaining about the technologies that their children use is not new. Back in time, a state in the U.S. became the first to supply computers to all the mid-school students from grades seven and eight, and it also required organizations to meet the parents. The meeting mainly was to share the plan for device usage before sending the personal computers home. The intention of districts to assist parents in understanding the technologies that their children use and how to monitor it at home is new.

A study by Pew Research Center showed that nearly 95 percent of teenagers had smartphone access, and about half were almost always online. Parents, on the other hand, were in constant worry of the amount of time the teens spent on the screens and so had set restrictions on the screen time.

Most of the children today use devices like tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops, and their vocabulary often includes technical terms, which may sound foreign to parents. The reason behind being unaware of the words is that parents are not always familiar with the use of common terms used in education technology. So, it is important that parents feel excited and not get intimidated by what their children learn and do.

Things Parents Want to Know:

•  It is crucial for all the parents to know and understand how the top applications used by their kids work because some apps with unmoderated and inappropriate content can direct to cyberbullying. With bullying being a part of a student’s everyday life, it is better for parents to learn about the precautions and help children without delay.

•  Knowledge about free tools that are available that allows parents to filter the internet content at home.

•  Internet safety at home helps to learn about the online risks for kids, including online sexual solicitation and the content.  

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