Using TV and the Internet in Home Schooling
While both the Internet and TV programmes offer huge educational resource opportunities, some home schooling families can feel tentative about how to integrate these two technologies into their education plans.
One of the reasons that many parents have serious reservations about both TV and the Internet is that they both contain and screen content that may be wildly inappropriate for children. But by taking steps to make the Internet (in particular) a safer place from your computer, and by supervising online and TV-dependent learning, especially for younger kids, these technologies can really develop the educational resources available from your home “classroom.”
Talk Your Child Through Rules for Content SafetyObviously there are parental controls that can be established on both the TV (for families who subscribe to pay-for services like Sky these are especially easy to access) and online. It’s highly likely that you will want to switch these services on – they’re easy to use and will help you ensure that your children avoid inappropriate material while hunting for educational material. But even more important – and arguably more effective – is talking to your child about the dangers online and on TV, and about why you are taking steps to protect him or her.
It’s important that you explain to your son or daughter that you trust them and their activities, but that sometimes situations beyond their control can put undesirable material in their path. Some extremely important rules that you should discuss include making it clear to your child that they should never physically meet anyone they “meet” online, and do not give out personal information online. Talk about the TV channels they are allowed to watch, and those that they are not.