Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Keeping Up With Technology 3

Do you remember the days of research be it for a school project, a new subject or some additional reading on something related to what one is learning at school? It used to be that the main resource for research was at a library.

With the developments of technology, so much research can be done by children and adults via the internet. There are benefits for this and problems.

Let us take a look at a few benefits. If a child is home with a few days ill in bed, an assignment might be possible to research, depending of course on the nature of the illness, from home via the internet. One can find video clips, images, articles or go onto social networking sites and ask others pertinent questions that will assist towards obtaining the information required.

If someone has a disability, whether or not the local library is accessible does not matter if the person can operate a computer and obtain information as above.

The learning experience to a certain extent can become more alive. Imagine a child learning geography related to a given continent. Information is no longer limited to what one finds in books, it is possible to view mini tours of certain places online. It is possible to hear the words, language and pronouciation of the language of the country a child is learning about. How exciting, or is it?

The problems arise with what additional information or images a child might accidentally stumble over in their attempt to complete their assignment, project or homework. Certain information we do NOT want our children to see or to know of. This might be news or other problem areas and topics.

How can we protect our children while still permitting them to make use of the benefits?

Here is one brief clip of how to know what sites your children are accessing. 

We hope this information has been useful for you. 
Did the video clip provide enough information for you? What else would you like to know so as to protect your precious children whie guiding them to develop, learn and grow to their fullest? 

Prepared for you by 
Shoshanah Shear 
Occupational Therapy R

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