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Myths about how easy it is to use the internet to help kids with homework

As parents we all know how important it is to be involved in our kids’ education.

Numerous studies have shown that children who are supported by their families with homework are likely to perform significantly better in exams at 16 years old and beyond, than those who aren’t.

But how easy is it to help teenagers with their homework? In my experience…not very:

  1. They don’t listen (in general)
  2. They don’t want to listen (to you in particular)
  3. The stuff they’re studying is actually quite tricky (and you’ve forgotten how to do it /you never learnt it at school)

So what do we all do? We turn to the internet and within 5 seconds we’ve found the perfect resource to help and motivate our child, whatever their age. Right? Wrong.

We surveyed 50 parents and found that things are actually quite different:

Myth#1:  It’s easy for parents to find internet resources to help their children with homework

Our survey results:  65.21% said they found it moderately difficult or difficult to find age and ability appropriate resources to help their children with learning

Myth#2: Parents are using resources from a huge range of sites

Our survey results: When parents were asked to list those free Internet learning sites they used most, they identified a common, very small range of sites (7 in total), with the most used being BBC (40.54%), Wikipedia (24.32%) Google (10.81%) and My Maths (8.1%).

So parents and children are missing out on some amazing resources to help with homework, just because they don’t know where they are or haven’t got the time to go out and find them.

And that’s why we decided to launch Rockfig: From now on, every parent can quickly and easily find the very best FREE resources to help their child with their homework. And that’s not a myth…that’s a fact!

Catharine

 

 

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Follow these rules to be a great parent

A joint NAHT and Family Action Partnership campaign, being backed by the Government, aims to raise parents’ awareness of their role in children’s learning – something we at Rockfig are very keen on.

The guide, which will be distributed by schools, tells parents to:

• Praise your children’s efforts and let them know it is “okay to make mistakes”

• Listen to your child and show them that you value their views and opinions;

• Help your child understand about a balanced diet and the importance of eating fruit and vegetables to keep them fit and healthy;

• Let your child help with baking and preparing family meals so they understand about food;

• Encourage children to exercise for 30 minutes a day and adopt at least one hobby involving physical activity, such as dance, swimming or football;

• Get out and about as a family, including playing tag in the park or going for a bike ride;

• Think twice before lighting up cigarettes in front of children;

• Talk to children about the “importance of personal hygiene, such as showering regularly, having clean PE kit and using deodorant when they need to”;

  • Tell your child that you love them every day

My thoughts:

Things like this make me realise how lucky I was to have had a good parent as a role model.  All of this seems like common sense to me ( although of course I’m not claiming I always achieve it!). Sadly many children are brought up in households where their parents didn’t get such good advice from their own parents. I just wonder if that advice can be replaced with a leaflet.

Catharine

 

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