- Help your children learn where the letters are located on the keyboard. Check out www.abcya.com for some fun games to help students learn to navigate the keyboard.
- Kindergarten parents, be sure your children are holding the mouse correctly and are able to drag and click.
- Double clicking a mouse is much harder and takes more fine motor skill coordination than you'd think for the little ones! Help younger children realize they need to click twice very quickly and not drag the mouse. I teach them to say, "Pizza Pizza!" (like the commercial) when double clicking so they understand how fast they need to do it.
- Keyboarding needs to be taken up a notch! Not only should upper elementary students know where the letters on the keyboard are located, but they should also begin to use proper hand placement on the keyboard when typing.
- Social Media Sites: Parents, please be aware that children under the age of 13 are not allowed to create Facebook accounts. If a parent chooses to create an account for their child, it is the parent's responsibility to monitor when, where, and how their child is using that site. What happens online in the afternoon and evening oftentimes carries into the next school day.
- Upper elementary students also do much of their work and testing online. As such, students are responsible for learning and remembering their usernames and passwords.