Computer and Technology Online Courses for Kids
We’ve rounded up various computer and technology online courses and curriculum for your kids to dig into while they are out of school and stuck at home over the next couple of weeks.
Codecademy teaches millions of learners web development, mobile development, and data science skills. In the wake of school closures due to COVID-19, they are offering 10,000 scholarships to Codecademy Pro for free to high school and college students across the world for the rest of the school year.
Code.org is launching Code Break — a live, weekly interactive classroom where their team will teach your children at home while school is closed, and a weekly challenge to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers.
Typing.com offers comprehensive keyboarding, computer basics and tech literacy, online behavior and safety, coding fundamentals, career prep and professionalism, and more.
BRAIN POP JR.
Brain Pop Jr. is geared toward younger children and offers introductory courses in email, computer programming, internet safety, parts of the computer, blogs, and more.
THE SPACE FOUNDATION DISCOVERY CENTER
The Space Foundation Discovery Center supports students with standards-based curriculum that uses space principles to integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into all content areas. Programs are delivered directly to students in laboratory, classroom and after-school settings by their team of accredited educators.
NASA STEM AT HOME FOR STUDENTS
NASA STEM at Home for Students offers kids a chance to launch rockets, build a moon habitat, solve space puzzles, and more. These science, technology, engineering, and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family.
Use Quizlet to study computer skills like Excel, Cisco and Powerpoint. Learn and memorize important Computer Skills terms, definitions and concepts. Improve your Computer Skills knowledge and prepare for Computer Skills homework and exams with free online flashcards, diagrams, study guides and practice tests.
CYBERSECURITY FOR KIDS
While your kids are learning all about computers, programs, and technology, take this opportunity to teach them about cybersecurity and how to stay safe on the internet. Here’s our key safety rules for kids:
- Do not use an easy password, and definitely don’t include your name in the password
- Do not install any apps without permission
- Do not share your password with anyone (except your parents)
- Only add people that you know as friends or followers on social media
- Keep all of your social media profiles private
- Never post any personal or sensitive information on social media, including your address, phone number, or email
- Never upload pictures of other people without their permission
Safety tips for parents:
- Create all of your child’s accounts (email, social media, youtube, etc) and monitor them regularly. One out of every five children gets online sexual solicitations from predators and cybercriminals. Make sure their usernames and profiles don’t reveal their age, gender, or hometown.
- Always keep your children in eyesight and in common family areas when they are using the internet. Your kid is less likely to browse suspicious or questionable content if they know you may walk by or hear something.
- Use kid friendly search engines (Kiddle, KidRex, and Safe Search Kids are options). Always check the browser history and implement all security and privacy features.
- Set all web browsers to block pop-ups and disable java so your child is less likely to encounter questionable ads, viruses, and inappropriate content.
- Limit their usage for free online time, and only after they’ve done their homework or any other relevant projects.
- Educate yourself on cybersecurity. Learn about the most common cybersecurity risks and how to prevent them.
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