Computer literacy can be a forgotten part of education, despite becoming a necessity to function efficiently at school, university and the wider world.
Many parents struggle to find a healthy lifestyle balance for their children; keeping them outdoors and active whilst also incorporating the abundance of technology around us.
Where should you be starting? What should your child be accessing in order to benefit their education?
Initially, the children should be shown how to treat the equipment. Mostly they are not designed as toys, so no food, drink or other liquids on the same surface as the computer. You will quickly learn this after your new Macbook Pro has had lemonade spilt upon it.
The keyboard, mouse and accessories are delicate, precise items that need handling gently. That means no hitting, pounding or excessive force. If it’s not touch screen, avoid fingers on the monitor, to stop those grubby marks and reduce risk of damage.
Remember that everyone needs to sit comfortably and in a good posture. An adult sized work station may not be optimal for a child, so you will need to find somewhere that is more easily accessible.
Mouse and Keyboard Skills
If your children have not spent much time on desktop computers they will have limited mouse skills. You may particularly notice this if they have only spent time on touchscreen tablets. It takes some time to control a cursor accurately. Allowing your child opportunities to discover which hand is more comfortable will develop their fine motor skills. For small children you can change computer settings to produce a slower mouse speed while they are becoming familiar.
The Keyboard can be introduced next and will take longer to master. Hand and finger placement is important and the key positions should be explained thoroughly. Touch typing programs and lessons are a good idea to make this skill highly efficient and give your child an advantage.
You spend time teaching children to write but typing should be treated with the same importance.
Children should always be supervised when using technology, especially if it has internet connectivity. Always check programmes and websites to make sure they are age appropriate. Sites like Youtube and social media must be used with extreme caution, if not avoided, much of the content on these sites will be unsuitable.
Computers at Smithbrook Tuition
Here at Smithbrook Tuition our tutors use computer and written resources during lessons. The work can often integrate seamlessly together with software that will help children develop computer skills during study.
The centre also offers separate touch typing courses using an award winning typing program that introduces keys alphabetically.
Battle dragons, play penalty shootout with gorillas and roll giant snowballs at penguins! Mastering the keyboard will give your child a flying start at school and this is the most fun they will have learning to type.
This unique approach makes learning the key positions incredibly quick and easy.