Four Questions To Ask Before Selecting An Online Learning Resource


Screen time can be an effective way for your child to learn. But it's important that your child uses the right websites to do so. [1] Websites that maintain a balance between education and entertainment are the ones that keep children interested and in turn help them study better.

Finding the right website can be a challenging task. It's important to find a website that has the right information for your child while being engaging.

Here is a checklist to help you choose the right one for your child to learn better.

1. Does it meet your child's learning requirements?

The website you choose must be at par with your child's learning level. The biggest deciding factor is your child's age and grade. Besides, these two factors parents should also consider subjects and skills which have room for improvement. Look for interactive websites that challenge your child.

2. Is it free to use?

Many websites have a ‘freemium' model where there is a limit to the amount of information that can be consumed. It is best to check the price beforehand to avoid any surprises such as hidden costs later on, which may disrupt your child's learning. User ratings, reviews and educator recommendations will enable you to decide whether to pay to access a website or find another option.

3.Is the information relevant?

The right information and resources can make all the difference to a child's learning curve.[4] A website's popularity amongst peers and experts in the field is a good marker for relevance. Ensure that the website's content is relevant for your child by reading online reviews from multiple sources and enquiring with teachers and their friends for their opinion.

4. Is it safe to use?

Understandably, online safety is a big concern for parents. A parent should thoroughly browse a website for malware, pop ups, invasive advertising and faulty links to check for safety and reliability. To be extra safe, a parent can identify websites that are not safe to visit for children using the Google Transparency Report Tool. [5]

Step 1: Copy Paste the website link you want to check

Step 2: Hit Enter

Step 3: View the result

Conversations matter. Talk to parents of both older children and your child's classmates for insights. Do make sure the PC you pick is right too:

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  • Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.