The Parent Project

Task 4: All about the kids!

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All about the kids!

Technology is more integrated in our children’s lives than ever before, but do we actually know what our kids are doing when they’re online?

For Task 4, we asked parents to go on a tour through their kids’ online world, and encouraged them to let the kids take the lead.

Here are a few stops we encouraged parents to take on their tour:

  1. Let your kids be the expert, and teach you something new – It’s a great confidence booster for kids when they can teach their parents a thing or two! Whether its showing you through their favourite site, or teaching you a game, it’s a great opportunity to show interest in their online world.
  2. Ask your kids what their favourite thing is to do online – For many of our families, regardless of age, YouTube is still a winner. Whether watching a favourite “vlogger” (that’s a video blogger), or children’s content via ‘YouTube Kids’, the video sharing site is a true one stop shop for entertainment and education – sometimes at the same time.
  3. What have they learnt online recently? Online learning can lead to offline creativity. There is an abundance of DIY inspiration on the Internet, from cooking videos and make-up tutorials to Pinterest crafts. Turns out kids love looking for inspiration and instruction online, and then going offline to create.
  4. Do an activity online together – Whether it’s listening to shared playlists on Spotify, researching topics for homework, or skyping a family member overseas, most of our families were already sharing online spaces in some way or other. Another idea is to try making a funny video together.

Showing an interest in what your kids are up to when they are online is a powerful way to communicate that you are engaged in their digital lives.

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