Teaching children to use computers can prepare them to use the many forms of technology that are present in today's society. In addition to providing entertainment, computers can be used as resources for completing tasks such as homework or formulating searches. Like any other beginner, you should start by teaching the basics; how to use mouse and keyboard and general protocol. Keep reading this article to learn ways you can start teaching kids to use computers.
Method 1 of 2: Preparing for Teaching
Step 1. Verify that the children you are teaching are at least 3 years old
From that age onwards they can understand the basic concepts of computers, while minors have not yet fully developed their visual, speech and language skills.
Step 2. Install easy-to-use devices
For children to learn efficiently, there should be mice and keyboards that they can physically use and understand.
- Choose a mouse that is comfortable in children's hands. If they are physically unable to grasp it, they may not have the opportunity to navigate the menu or do the simpler tasks.
- Choose keyboards that have fewer keys and are larger, especially if the children are very young. Some keyboards are colorful to aid learning.
- Visit the "Macworld" website listed in the "References" section of this article to review recommendations for mice and keyboards developed for children.
Step 3. Choose age-appropriate learning software or games
In most cases, you should choose engaging and fun programs to increase their desire to learn.
Visit the "Teach Kids How" website in the "References" section of this article for a list of age-appropriate websites and learning tools that you can use to teach them about computers.
Method 2 of 2: Teaching Children
Step 1. Teach them the basic protocol of computers and how to care for them
The protocol includes, for example, that they understand that food and drink should not be near the machine and that the mouse and keyboard must be treated with care so that they do not break.
Monitor children's computers to make sure they are being used correctly and with respect. This can prevent them from causing accidents that permanently damage computers
Step 2. Teach how to hold the mouse
Since most computers work with mice, it is a very important step to teach them to use it.
Modify the mouse settings to slow down the speed if necessary. A slower mouse can help them become familiar with the process of using the mouse, especially if you are teaching young children who are still developing their motor skills
Step 3. Teach them how to type on a keyboard
Children should know what is the correct position of the hands.
Use writing software to help them learn to position their hands correctly and develop their writing skills
Step 4. Show them how to use the Internet to find information for their assignments and homework
The Internet can be a very useful tool to develop your knowledge about computers.
- Teach them to use search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo! For example, if a child is to do a class assignment on crocodiles, teach him to search using phrases like "types of crocodile species" or "crocodile breeds."
- It teaches how to find legitimate sources of information. Teach them that the Web pages that can offer the best information end in ".edu," or ".org."