This list Breach the great technology divide with ITAG’s Top 10 Technologies for Kids was published in the Galway Advertiser yesterday and is also available from the ITAG website.
In the interests of being actively involved with their children, parents need to have at least a basic understanding of the ways kids use technology. ITAG has put together a "cheat sheet" to educate mums and dads and to help them get more involved in their kids' leisure activities.
It includes short explanations of YouTube, MySpace, Google, Blogs and Wikipedia, as well as SMS , iPods and (legal) Downloads. Tips are given as to how parents might use these technologies to interact with their children and get more involved with their activities.
The best tip, in my opinion, is the one related to Google:
Sit down with your kids and tackle a tough homework assignment with them; help them search for images and relevant news articles to make the project top-notch.
What better way to teach them to evaluate online resources and use Google in an effective way?