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How Can I Help My Child?

Computers at Home

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While many of your child's interactions with educational technology are going to take place at school and will, for the most part, be determined by his or her school's policies, home computing is one area where you are entirely in charge.

This section of "How Can I Help My Child?" is designed to help you answer some of the questions that you may have about home computing and your child. Here are just a few of the questions that usually come up:

  1. Should I buy a computer for my child?
  2. My child wants a laptop computer. Is this really a good idea?
  3. How can I make good decisions about purchasing educational software?
  4. Should I install Internet filtering software, and just how well does filtering software actually work?
  5. How can I keep my child safe on the Internet?
  6. Should there be household rules governing computer use?
  7. Should I place time limits on my child's computer use?

Visit the pages above for tips and suggestions on how you might want to go about answering each of them. As you will see, there are some definite "dos" and "don'ts"–especially when it comes to Web safety–but there is still a lot of room for parents to set their own policies.

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