In the early days, the internet was mainly a place for adults to gather and talk about adult things. But because of its rising popularity along with the production of devices that can access the internet, people of all ages began to turn to the internet as one of the main forms of news source and entertainment – and kids are among them. You can see most kids nowadays browsing the internet, watching YouTube videos or reading other kid’s blogs. If that’s the case, why not teach them to build their own website?
Choose a Topic
A website’s topic is important as this will help you and your kid to decide how the site will look like and what its contents will be. It doesn’t need to be a very specific topic. Some examples include:
poetry and/or stories
reviews of products like books, toys, etc.
Remember, the website theme is only limited to her imagination.
Choose a Web Host
Now that you have a topic, it’s time to look for a web host. Basically, the web host is the place where your kid’s website will live. There are free web hosts available offering a lot of WYSIWYG editors. It comes with an easy maintenance and is free, however, you’ll have to use an unfriendly URL like http://www.TheFreeWebsiteURL/~YourKidsSiteName and your kid’s website will have ads and branding on it.
If you don’t want that, consider getting a paid hosting account. They are relatively cheap and you can have your own domain name (e.g. yourkidswebsitename.com). There’s no ads or branding and you have complete control over its contents.
Teach Them Web Design
If you know how to design a website using HTML or CSS, then it’s time to pass down your skills to your kid. If you don’t know, however, then it’s time to expand your skillset. It’s easy and fun to learn so you’ll have fun bonding with your kid while designing the website from scratch or from using a template. If you don’t like that, you can always use website builders which usually comes with a paid hosting account.
Decorate the Website
Adding decoration to the website is a good way to personalize it. Clip arts are a great decoration for a kid’s website. You can allow her to take pictures just for her website like taking pics of the family pet or pics of her drawing or painting.
Start a Blog
Starting a blog allows your kids to share his or her opinion to the world. It’s also a great way to enhance her writing skills. He or she will start thinking about a topic to write and will help develop your kid’s creative skills.
Many people are plugged most of the time and we might think what impact technology may be having on our children. Technology is a very good learning tool that makes our children smart. Some people believe that it does not have any effect at all. According to some people, the utilization of technology is leading to social isolation and also enhancing other issues relating to giving attention to the kids and also encouraging bad habits. Some believe that technology can alter our culture and the way the human beings interact with each other.
There is no association between the utilization of technology and development of human beings. Some correlations are powerful to motivate you to restrict the screen time of your kids. Many researchers have discovered that if children are given exposure to the program that has quick edits and scene cuts, there can be some attentional issues in the children.
The brain is accustomed to the alteration in stimuli. It ceases to attend to any one aspect and begins to zone out. If there is a great deal of exposure to this program it makes the brain accept information without even actually processing it. It has been observed that not all the programs are bad. Some children view the slow TV programs and do not develop issue related to attending to the children. You will find that some educational shows are paced in a slow manner with fewer stimuli on the screen and that provides the kids the chance to practice attending to the details.
Kids can practice making some associations between previous and new awareness, altering the information in the memory and also solving problems. A nice thumb rule is to restrict TV viewing to just an hour or two hours per day. If there is a glossy kind of glaze on the face of the child, then there might be an indication that his brain has ceased to concentrating. Then it is time to switch off the TV so that he may begin to think, create and make sense out of some aspects again.
Technology has an addictive quality as it makes the activation of neurotransmitters linked with reward and fun. There have been many instances of addictions related to technology in kids who are just four years old. There was a case of a four-year-old girl put on the rehabilitation therapy because she had got the addiction for an iPad! It is highly rewarding to sign into the Facebook and see the red notification on the screen’s top. You may find out that it is very rewarding to play games on your computer. It may be cumbersome to get moderation as they do not have the skills of self-discipline. They would want to use a simple path if they are not directed by an adult. A child is reinforced in this highly busy world like playing with toys or viewing Television. It is pivotal to know that the use of technology encourages healthy habits in an individual.
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