Web surfing may look and sometimes feel like a casual act, but it depends how you’re surfing. It’s a great way to take in learning content, if you do it right. Many young people who spend lots of time puttering online find themselves zoning out, overloaded with information and mind-numbing clutter.
Young people should be taught how to use some of their spare time for self-guided learning. Web surfing that doesn’t tire and overload, but energizes learners as they navigate and discover learning content that intrigues them.
Try this with your child: choose an internet newspaper. Read an article that looks interesting to your child. Any name, concept, or reference they don’t know–copy it. Open a new tab and paste it into Google, Wikipedia, etc. The exploration of learning content starts there and ends wherever they want!
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