Yet another thing we have been forced to deal with as a result of living through a global pandemic? At-home education. While some schools are open worldwide, some have yet to re-open. And even if your child originally went to a school that has re-opened, you may be one of those parents who simply does not feel comfortable sending your child to school with the added risks of them getting sick. For those parents, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when choosing the best online learning sites for your kids.
- Free educational sites sound great because… hello! Who doesn’t want to save money? But keep in mind these websites are only free because they bombard you with adverts and you won’t be able to control that said adverts are appropriate for your kids’ eyes. Adverts will also be distracting to your kids.
- Just because something is labeled as educational, doesn’t mean it really is. Do your research and consider taking part in a quick trial, too, so that you know exactly what your kids will be learning.
- Try to find an educational site that will offer your kids something that they cannot do with pen and paper. Screen time is a big deal, and many parents want to decrease the amount of screen time their kids get each day. Making sure they are learning something like coding or learning from experts in the field makes this screen time as useful as possible.
- It should go without saying, but the website should be safe. Don’t forget to take a look at whether these sites will allow your kids to be in contact with other adults that could be harmful, like websites with open chat rooms that any stranger could join.
- There is really no point in having your children take part in online learning if you cannot track their progress. Look into how these websites track progress whether it be through a parent portal or through grades.
- Be careful of websites that promote and emphasize rewards. Children will not actually take in the information correctly if they are only doing it to receive something in return.
- Kids’ self-esteem can be hampered easily if they are doing online learning technically meant for a child double their age. Make sure the website or program you are considering is specific about the age group their lessons are geared for.