Should Kids Be Allowed Online During Homework Time?
Remember the days before the internet, where a research project required trips to the library or a deep dive into Encyclopedias?
Without sounding like an old curmudgeon, kids these days have it a lot easier when it comes to research. However, there is also a downside to the new technology that is available.
Continual access to information online has created a lack of focus, the tendency to try to multitask, and less ability to think clearly.
For children today, it is hard to know whether they should be allowed online during homework time.
Do Kids Really Need The Internet for Homework?
Younger children aged 5-12 may not need access to online sites for research or access. Teenagers, however, will often have online videos to watch as part of homework or will have to submit homework through an online portal.
This need makes the challenge of reducing screen time more difficult.
Make sure you are giving kids access to sites that are educational and useful for their development. (Here is our list of 15 educational websites for kids).
If a child must have access to the internet for a period to do research, you can also limit access to the sites they can visit. Software such as Qustodio or Net Nanny can help to keep your child safe.
Should TV or Music Be Allowed During Homework Time?
Another challenge a lot of parents have today is that children will want to listen to music or watch TV or Youtube while doing homework.
This dual focus can cause a distraction to their focus and inhibit their learning.
If you allow your children to access music or other media while doing homework, make sure it is not becoming a cause of distraction from their main goal.
It is far better to keep tech time and homework time as separate as possible. Of course, there will be times when it is unavoidable, but overall, there should be some rules as to how much a child can access the internet during homework time.
Awareness is the Most Important Part
One of the critical aspects of managing a child’s screen time is to be involved wherever possible. Sitting with a child and helping them with homework makes the experience much more engaging and rewarding for them.
Many children enjoy their homework when parents help them to go through it together.
Taking an active role in your child’s learning will help you be aware of what is needed for them to complete their homework and how you can make sure they are not being distracted.