Parents

Parent Tips

The resources in INFOhio's Early Learning Portal are for little learners ages three through five. Read these tips before you share the resources with your child.

  1. Whenever possible, participate with your child when they play games, watch videos, or read and listen to eBooks on a device.
  2. Talk with your child frequently while using the resources. Ask questions. Point out what you like or find funny. Talk about what the resources helped him learn.
  3. Encourage your child to use the skills learned from the resources in real life too. Ask children to point out letters, dance to music, or sing the songs about a task while doing the task.
  4. Encourage learning that can happen outside, with other children, or in real situations, as well as learning while using the resources.
  5. Model for your child how to balance the use of technology. Put away devices at certain times. Set limits on how often it is used.
  6. Help your child be present and mindful when using the resources. Help them to use one resource at time and finish when a new activity is started.
  7. Be respectful of your child's online privacy. Think before posting pictures online of your child.
  8. Use the parent support if available within resources. Learning more about them will help you help your child.
  9. Remember kids might know a lot about how to use the resources, but you know more about when and why to use the resource.
  10. You are the expert when it comes to your child. You know more about what resources are best for her maturity, knowledge, and behavior.

For additional information on how to help your child learn using technology, consider these sites and books:

Screenwise by Devorah Heitner, PhD. Published by Bibliomotion, 2016.
Tap, Click, Read by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine. Published by Josey-Bass, 2015
Born Reading by Jason Boog. Published by Touchstone, 2014.

Common Sense Media – Early Childhood

Fred Rodgers Center – Advice for Parents on Appropriate Media Use for Early Childhood