Just recently, Computer Problem Specialists was awarded a large, ongoing IT project with the Globe Unified School District. In honor of that achievement, we’ve come up with a few computer tips for the kids in your life. With summertime fast approaching, these tips and ideas may just keep you sane during the break ...
While the kids are out of school, it’s still a good idea to keep their brains moving onward and upward. Educational sites provide a fun way for kids to tap into the power of a computer. Web sites like www.funbrain.com allow kids to learn math, science, reading and other skills while playing interactive games.
Kids also love a challenge, try assigning them a fun topic to research such as giraffes, ocean life, or the Revolutionary War. Teach them how to use a search engine for research and a word processor for generating a report. They will be much further ahead when the next school year comes around.
One word of caution: be sure to set your filters and other security measures to minimize the risk of you children stumbling upon unsavory Web sites.
There are plenty of ways for your kids to stay busy online. One popular site for exploration-style game playing is www.poptropica.com. This is a free site that allows kids to explore various islands and complete challenging tasks. Another popular online game site is www.webkinz.com. While you do need to purchase a stuffed animal to participate, kids have the opportunity to “work” to earn online money, take care of their pets, and play games along the way.
The most important thing to remember is to verify that any site your child visits is legitimate. There should never be an opportunity to exchange information with others online, and never use your child’s name as the username.
For a bit of unique fun, consider purchasing a computer gadget for your kids to play with. This can be something as simple as a digital camera or something as spectacular as an underwater submarine with video streaming. There are plenty of fun gadgets that can peak your child’s curiosity and sense of adventure.
Blogging is a great way to record your child’s summer adventures. Help your child set up an account on www.blogspot.com or www.wordpress.com. These blog services are free and easy to use. Encourage your child to take pictures and write about experiences he/she has during the summer. At the end of the year, you may even choose to print the entries into a blog book (you can use a site like www.blurb.com to publish your personal book). When setting up the blog, be sure to make it “private” so that only invited friends and family may see the content. This safety measure will protect your child and prevent any inappropriate comments.
If you need help making your Internet connection safe for your kids, give Computer Problem Specialists a call at (928) 468-0000. Enjoy your summer, and best of luck from all of us.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.