5 Lies Homeschoolers Believe About Their Kids and Tech – WHS 158

I’ve spoken about the use of technology in homeschooling for five years now. Occasionally, I encounter a parent that is either confused, confident, or concerned about their kids using smartphones, tablets, and computers to learn.

Some of the parents I talk to fear exposing their kids to too much tech while other think nothing short of total immersion will prepare them for life in the 21st century. Both of these points of view are extreme and today on the podcast I’m going address these and other misconceptions about homeschooling and tech.

5 Lies Homeschoolers Believe About Their Kids and Tech

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Periscope Safety Tips for Parents and Teens

Periscope has gained a lot of momentum since Twitter acquired it in March 2015. If you’re not familiar with Periscope your teens probably are.

periscope safety tips for parents and teens

Periscope is a live-streaming app that allows users to broadcast video to the Internet from their smartphone. Replays are available for 24 hrs and then they are gone “forever”.

Along with the live broadcasts, there is a chat feature that allows people watching the broadcast to interact with other viewers and the broadcaster.

Additionally, if location services are enabled, viewers of your broadcast can find your precise location. Not good.

There are some legitimate concerns about what type of content your kids could see. The safety tips in this video will not eliminate the chance of your kids coming across inappropriate content but an ounce of prevention goes a long way.


1. Disable location services.
2. Only watch broadcasts from trusted scopers.
3. Disable chat for non-followers.
4. Broadcast your scopes privately.
5. Supervised use for teens is highly recommended.
6. Parents should follow their teens on Periscope.

Are you using Persicope? Follow me: @jwilkers


Starting Early – Reading Games for the Little Ones

Reading to your child who isn’t even crawling yet, teaching your toddler phonetics, playing online reading games, with your preschooler—what’s the point?! Children are going to learn to read once they begin schooling anyway, right? Why the rush to teach them reading? As it turns out, early reading isn’t just about reading. Reading early and well has a range of important benefits, including neurological, educational, psychological, social and linguistic ones! Reading is associated with better general knowledge, a better vocabulary and better grades in all subjects. Children who learn to read well at an early age are also reported to have more confidence and better communication skills. And that’s not even half of it.

With so much at stake, it’s easy to see why you should start your child on reading at an early age. But how do you do it? What can you do with toddlers to help them with their reading skills? Here are fun reading games that you can play with young kids to help them start reading early on.


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5 Action Steps to Prepare Yourself For a Student Going to College

How to Prepare Homeschool Students for College

You finally get to bed and you’re a ball of emotions.

In just a few weeks, you’ll be sending your kid off to college.

You’ve been there every step of the way in her homeschooling journey:

You researched curriculum.

You planned extracurricular activities.

You helped her apply to college, and rejoiced when she got accepted.

You couldn’t be prouder of her achievements.


You’re still afraid of what might happen.

What if she doesn’t call regularly?

What if she gets involved with drugs or alcohol?

What if all the years of homeschooling come crashing down under “real world” pressure?

That’s when you start wondering why you didn’t give online colleges a closer look.

But no, you tell yourself, you knew this day would come so you try to push the worries from your mind.

However, the gnawing fear stays.

In the days that follow that fear works its way out into a constant stream of worries and frets that drive your child crazy!

She tells you to stop worrying, that everything will be fine, but that just increases your concerns. Oh no! The alienation has begun! Continue Reading →


Open Source Software with Matt McGraw – WHS 157

matt-mcgrawToday I’m talking to Matt McGraw about open source software. Matt has been a stay at home Dad for over 4 years now. He has 3 kids, 2 of whom live with him full-time. Matt has been a technology enthusiast for most of his life and his particular passions are free/open source software, podcasts, and new media.

Matt hosts the G33K Dad Show, a podcast on technology and parenting. You can follow Matt on Twitter and Google Plus.


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