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By Roberta Munoz
Back to School prep used to be simple, but in today's wired world, prepping for September is much more complicated. How can you prepare your 21st century tech-savvy child for Back to School? Michelle Kees, Ph.D., a University of Michigan Health System child psychologist, says that starting early and involving your child will reduce anxiety. Use these tips to stay on top of tech issues as you and your kiddo transition from summer to school.
Get the Facts
The middle of the summer isn't too soon to contact your child's future teacher and school. Find out all about the classroom and the technologies that your little learner will be using. Ask: Are there computer stations in the classroom or library? What programs do these computers run? Even the youngest children—kindergarten through first grade—often have a variety of learning programs loaded onto their classroom computers.
Learn New Programs
Know Your Limits
Set Up a Study Spot
Saying goodbye to summer doesn't have to be so stressful that your little one tosses and turns at night. Keeping ahead of schedule will ensure a smooth transition from fun in the sun to school success!
Worried about your child's online safety? Read about online etiquette for kids, which helps keep your kid out of the Internet's "bad neighborhoods."