5 Dangers to Avoid in Digital Homeschooling – WHS 199

5 Dangers of Digital Homeschooling


Parents choosing to homeschool in this digital age can sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the devices, apps, and software that can be used to educate their children at home.

Avoiding these five key dangers in digital homeschooling can save you time, money, and sanity.

Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information.

Thanks to all the individual patrons who have supported the podcast. Special thanks go out to Matt Kamla, Lori Silsbee, Winston Crutchfield, & Aaron Hughey.

5 Dangers to Avoid in Digital Homeschooling

1. Upgrading devices more often than necessary.
If you’re like me, you always want the latest and the greatest. It’s nice to have more storage, more speed, more anything when it comes to technology. However, many times the last version or two previous versions of a device or software will work just fine. Knowing when it’s time upgrade is tough but you should balance your desire to have something new with what you need.

2. “Edutainment” apps that are more entertaining than educational.
I get a lot of requests to review apps. Sometimes developers try to sell their app as educational when, in fact, it’s far from the truth. Be wary of apps that claim to be educational and entertain.

3. Purchasing modular apps or apps that require micro-payments.
This one drives me nuts! I purchase an inexpensive app of download one for free and my kids get bombarded with either ads or enticed to upgrade. Another thing I can’t stand is when developers have modules for their apps. I’d rather pay one price for the app up front and not have to worry about advertising or being enticed to upgrade the app.

4. Too much screen time, especially for young children.
I like to refer to this a “screen creep”. Since our kids are using computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices it’s possible for them to spend many hours in front of a screen. Try to break up the screen time or have “screen-free” times of the day. Have them get up from the couch or computer and go outside and play or do something that doesn’t involve a screen like a puzzle or board game.

5. Not understanding the technology your kids are using.
This is the biggest mistake I’ve seen. I’ve gotten questions from parents who bought something for their kids and want to know how to enable the parental controls. Before you buy a device, make sure you know how to use it and and how you want your kids to use it. It will alleviate a lot of frustration.


Connect Socially!

  • Join the Facebook page

  • Circle on Google Plus
  • Follow John Wilkerson

Leave a Voicemail

You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use this convenient widget to record a message right from your computer.

Etc.

Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive monthly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homeschooling convention.

The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com

Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes