Think of it as a spelling version of Mathletics! Once again, it does work, IF you children do it on a regular basis. Set a shared goal together for using it. Watch the cost.
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Today, kids and teens are constantly using social media sites and smartphone apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. While these platforms give children lots of opportunities to interact outside of the classroom and engage with their peers, it has also given rise to a new form of bullying: cyberbullying.
Fifty-three per cent of children feel their parents check their devices too often. Their biggest grievance is that their parents allow themselves to be distracted by their device during conversations. More than a third of them felt unimportant as a result.
The parents agreed. Asked about their use of these devices, half of all parents agreed it was too frequent and many worried about how this looked to the younger generation.
One in four parents agreed they set a poor example for their children with their device use.
But a third of parents also say they wish their child used their device less – so maybe it's time, as parents, that we led by example. We can't set rules for our children if we are the greatest offenders.
The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.--and What We Can Do About ItAlthough American millennials are the first generation of "digital natives"--that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet--they are not very tech savvy. That fact would probably come as a shock to most Americans--especially to millennials themselves. After all, millennials are glued to their phones, tablets, and other devices. Many assume that using technology often means using it well.
Why we need to nurture a diverse range of technology skills in our children. Not just on their phones and in social media apps. Photoshop, coding, analytics, Excel formula, etc.