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There are 3 things to be concerned about when thinking about teaching your children about how to use search engines: Safety Self-sufficiency Effects on memory One - Safety I'll start this with an anecdote. Back in approximately 2000-2001 was when I first started using the Internet, because we finally had a home computer with Internet access. Back ...


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I'm an elementary computer teacher and I start with search engines in kindergarten. At this age they need a LOT of help so I have our browsers (Chrome) set to load up the Google search page when the browsers are opened, and from there we do simple things. "Type in the word dog and hit the enter key", "Now click on the 3rd link down", etc. I also show them ...


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There are a few obstacles: Ability to read, write, and spell. Even a first- or second-grade student who's pretty good at reading and writing may struggle to input an unfamiliar word or spelling. Search engines can guess did you mean [word]?, which may or may not be what they were actually trying to learn about. Search engines often now can use voice input ...


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My son is 8, and I haven't taught him to use google yet, despite him having his own computer, but I have shown him many times. My main reason is that getting a good result on a general search engine is a relatively difficult skill. Getting a result on an appropriate level for an 8 year-old is even more difficult, especially on topics that schools typically ...


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Before the days of the internet, parents tended to have a kind of God-like image in their child's mind and would be trusted to provide the right answers on a range of random topics that the child would be curious about. I often wonder how this works now with answers and information that is so easily accessible to everyone. I think part of the answer to ...


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I strongly Agree with Vaylkyrie's answer that you need to teach online safety above all. But as an addition: teach them by showing them! They ask something you don't know right off your head? Take them along on the way to figure it out. Also, don't limit that to online search. If you have a book that may cover the topic, go find the book, and see if the ...


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One of our jobs as parents is teaching; using the internet to help with this task is fine, but before you do, teach them how to be safe when they're online. Teach your kids about online safety (posting/chatting in threads or forums, responding to contact requests, how to safely use passwords, keeping personal information safe and secure). It's never too ...



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