Not everyone has the time or capability to manage their child’s online browsing. In my previous article we went over restricting access to certain websites. Depending on the maturity of your child however, it might instead be wise to only allow some select websites, rather than trying to restrict infinite others. From the Windows safety panel settings, you can make this happen. Here’s a guide on setting that up if you’re interested.
It’s important your child has access to a wide array of interesting, educational material online. Here’s some favorites:
For the really young ones-3-5 years old, PEEP and the Big Wide World is a perfect gateway to education online, and a general love for learning. The site is broken down into many games designed to entertain and grow your child’s mind.
Developed by the University of Illinois, The Great Plant Escape teaches 4th and 5th graders about plants, ecosystems, the earth and everything around us. Reminiscent of the Magic School Bus days, this cute creation is a must-have.
Here, kids can experiment and grow their curiosity. Information on inventors and inventions is creatively found all over the site, and the games (involving puzzles and building blocks) really are quite stimulating.
Totally free for the first 45 levels, Kodable teaches kids between the ages of 5-7 the basics of coding. It’s a practically unrivaled software in terms of research and quality, and the education your child will get playing this could become an invaluable asset in the future.
Rate poems by how hilarious they are! This game is perfect for kids who struggle with reading. On a screen that seems similar to Snapchat or Instagram, the child is shown various comical poems that they rate on the “Giggle-Meter”. What really stands out is the genuinely great selection of poetry used.