The Importance of Computer Science for Kids
Have you found yourself struggling when helping your kid through online classes? If so, you’re not alone! For many parents, virtual classes have been exhausting. Our kids trying to learn how to read and write over the internet and on a laptop that they aren’t used to navigating! Here are some tips on how to teach kids computer skills and the basics of digital citizenship
Introducing kids to computers
Most adults remember how they learn through computers but for children, this is a more confusing. Yet, through the technology, there are programs available to help them develop basic skills on their own.
E-learningforkids.org is a website that encourages kids to gain basic digital literacy while interacting with Math and Science lessons.
Technokids.com is a website that teaches kids to use computer software for things like web design. The program is designed for kids as young as five, but it also offers several parent-guided programs that children can use with their parent’s supervision.
Offers several live coding courses using Minecraft Education Edition. Students play one of the most loved games while learning to build with code. Live teachers are there to walk students through the process.
After talking to several parents, I have learned that while many kids may know how to use the internet, they don’t know how to keep safe online. The concept of digital citizenship helps create internet users who are responsible and realistic when using technology. Just as students learned responsibilities and expectations in the classroom that helped shape their social and cognitive development, understanding and engaging in digital citizenship will be beneficial to their daily lives as they navigate the internet. Our activities encourage students to develop and build their digital citizenship as they engage in virtual communication, collaboration, and internet navigation for learning, while respecting their peers.
As technology is constantly evolving, computer science is necessary to develop and drive the technological revolution. Technology is changing and replacing old practices with the development of new methods. As a parent, you must take charge of your children’s education. You must prepare your young learners for this technological shift and advancement. The most effective way to do this is by having them build their digital literacy. By teaching them the skills they’ll need to navigate the internet, and understanding their online rights, they can have the confidence to engage in innovative practices!