Teaching Kids How To Stay Safe on the Internet

Teaching Kids How To Stay Safe on the Internet

“Mommy, why is the sky blue?” “Daddy, where do people go when they die?” These are two examples of tough conversations parents have with their children every day. It’s a daunting task navigating these childhood inquiries, which are fairly tame compared to the ones technology throws at parents today. But, even though you might feel a bit clueless about all things techie, you need to be proactive about teaching your kids how to stay safe on the Internet. Online safety is one of those topics that can be hard for parents to talk about with their children. A recent survey shows 54 percent of parents worry more about online sexual predation than any other online threat, but only 37 percent of them talk to their … [Read more]

Surprising Educational Benefits of Minecraft

Surprising Educational Benefits of Minecraft

Minecraft is a favorite techie homeschool tool for our family. When my kids started playing, I searched for a safe environment and was thrilled when I discovered SKrafty, a free Minecraft server for homeschoolers. SKrafty is run by the Syx Family from Alabama, a fellow homeschooling family that loves to play Minecraft. In this guest post, Holly and Brian Syx share the benefits of Minecraft for homeschooling. … SCROLL DOWN … To Learn More about Skrafty and Win an Annual Subscription to SKrafty Homeschool Courses   You may have heard other homeschoolers mention something about using Minecraft in their homeschool. It has become really popular over the past few years and does not seem to be going away anytime soon. That’s just fine with me as … [Read more]

How to Use Minecraft for Homeschooling

How to Use Minecraft for Homeschooling

A few years ago, I kept hearing about a video game called Minecraft. So, did my kids. In true kid fashion, they kept asking and asking and asking if they could play. Now, you have to know that neither my husband nor I are big gamers. Over ten years ago, we watched a close family member nearly ruin his life due to a video game addiction. And we helped him during his recovery. The experience was enough to make us wary of getting too involved in gaming. So, I was apprehensive about jumping on the Minecraft bandwagon. I had an impression that it was an addicting, zombie-filled game where characters kill each other to survive. But, for the sake of keeping up with tech trends (and to … [Read more]

How to Use Your Kindle for Homeschooling

How to Use Your Kindle for Homeschooling

So, you’ve got a Kindle (or are considering getting one), but don’t know what all you can do with it for homeschooling beyond reading. When Kindles first came on the scene, they were primarily just a digital reader. But now, with the Kindle Fire line, you can do so much more. Learning the many ways to use Kindle for homeschooling will benefit your family’s home education. Incorporating Kindles into your homeschooling routine has many benefits, starting with ease of use. They are one of the most economical tablet options out there, especially when Amazon offers a deal. Kindles are pretty durable when you use a protective case. You can set parental controls to limit the access to online content and set time limits. It doesn’t … [Read more]

Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Every mom needs to have a system in place for managing household chores. You’ve probably got something in place that involves the whole family in keeping your living spaces maintained and livable. But, do you have any techie tasks on that list? If you use any computers for your homeschooling, it’s important to keep them maintained so that you don’t experience techie frustrations. Here’s a list of basic computer maintenance tasks you can add to your household chore lists.   … RELATED POST … PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great Basic Computer Maintenance Chores … Download a Copy of this List Below … One Time Set up your operating system to update automatically – get instructions for Windows HERE or Mac HERE … [Read more]

YouTube Parental Controls that Help Keep Your Kids Safe

YouTube Parental Controls that Help Keep Your Kids Safe

If your child searches for videos online, then you might be curious about how to set up YouTube parental controls. YouTube is wildly popular with children and adults alike, but children may not always have the maturity to know what is safe to watch and what isn’t. There are likely some videos on YouTube that you wouldn’t be comfortable with letting your kids watch, but banning the site altogether means they miss out on the benefits, including educational videos that can be found on the site. So, what’s a parent to do? If you have a tech-loving kid who wants to use YouTube, you can try these options to help keep them safe.  YouTube Parental Control Options Use YouTube Kids – Keep in mind it’s … [Read more]

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

Nothing can thwart your techie homeschool lesson plans more than a slow, lagging computer (or worse yet, a totally non-functioning device). Lots of times these problems stem from your computer being infected by a virus or malware. Malware refers to an umbrella term that comes in the variety of malicious and harmful software containing viruses, trojan, worms, spyware, adware, and such. There is almost no difference between malware and viruses and both have hazardous impacts on the computers, like disruption of operations, stealing of information, unauthorized access, slow functioning, hanging and sudden shutting and even more. All of these harmful effects can be eradicated or at least minimized if we follow the following practices to ensure computer safety. As your family’s IT specialist, it’s important … [Read more]

Tips for Buying Gifts for Techie Kids

Tips for Buying Gifts for Techie Kids

When it’s time to buy a gift for a tech-loving kid, you might feel like a fish out of water. If you’re not into tech yourself, it’s confusing to know what gift is best for your child. And when you see the price tag, you may wonder if the investment is worth it. Let me tell you, it is! It’s important to consider your techie child’s interests when buying gifts. There are all kinds of tech gifts for kids … everything from child smartwatches (like this one from VTech) to remote control interactive robots (like CleverBots) to tablets and laptops.  So, how do you know what tech gift to get for your child? These four questions will help you decide. … RELATED POST >> 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Homeschool … [Read more]

Simple Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make

Simple Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make

Valentine’s Day is a great chance to get some creativity going on. With these great homemade Valentine’s Day card ideas, your kids will have some hands-on fun. You can even add some tech into the project by having them design a graphic on Canva (or simply type a poem with Google Docs) to print and include on or in their card. … RELATED POST >> 10 Fun Valentine’s Day STEM Projects for Kids … Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards Spinning 3D Valentine’s Day Card from Kiddy Charts   DIY Emoji Valentine Cards from Planning Playtime   Heart Button Valentine Cards from The Best Ideas for Kids   Valentine’s Cards: Paper Quilling for Kids from Red Ted Art   Valentine’s Day Flower Card from JDainel4’s Mom   … [Read more]

PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great

PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great

Using more technology for our homeschooling means lots of little (and big) hands using our arsenal of PCs, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.  That means, we need to maintain the health of our tech devices so they run efficiently for a smooth learning process to occur. It’s crucial that I direct my kids on how to use them properly and safely. But, I’m sure you know that you can’t rely on your children always follow directions, right? That’s why it’s important for techie homeschool moms to know these PC maintenance tips to keep your home learning from being stalled by computer problems. Four Important PC Maintenance Tips  Tip 1: Find programs that can keep your devices secure There are quite a number of programs that have come in handy … [Read more]