Encourage Kids to Play Educational Games

Educational games are games that have been specifically designed to teach people on a certain concept or subject, help healthy physical and or mental development, understand an historical event or culture, or assist them in acquiring knowledge and learning a skill as they play.

Simulation or video games have been used for security training. Some driving schools use driving simulators in the stage before going out on the road. Medical simulations help doctors learn about what they are doing without risking someone’s life. In addition, there are lots of interesting educational games for kids on coloring, grammar, words & puzzles, math, physics, chemistry, sports etc.

Some strategic games improve kids’ IQ by improving their ability and efficiency of their brain involving logic ability by improving problem-solving skills and puzzles improve players’ memory because it needs to memorize maps, passwords, codes or facts in order to progress through the game.

Games are a powerful medium, which can influence kids; we should make it have a good influence. Moderation is the key, not obsession. Some in moderation can be healthy; however overindulgence can lead to social isolation, depression, obesity or weight loss and family problems. Parents’ guidance is the key, so make the effort get involved with kids’ play and monitor them, help them to take the balance in life, do their main job, which is studying and getting good grades and stay involved socially.

I found an interesting website on educational games, which is the Official Web Site of the Nobel Foundation. There are some games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, which can teach and inspire kids while having fun! Parents and kids may enjoy testing and building their knowledge in physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, peace and economics. So, have a try with kids together.

Educational games by Nobel Prize Foundation

Top 5 Summer Jobs for Teens

Most teens view summer as a time for relaxation and vacation; however, some think summer is a best season to take challenge, to learn more, to experience more. Summer jobs for teens should be safe, social, and valuable. Here are some popular Summer Jobs that let teens gain work experience for the future.

Tutoring
If the teen enjoys working with kids and excels at school subjects such as math, English, science, computer software, foreign languages, he or she can establish a money-making tutoring service. Tutoring younger children on school subjects, foreign language or computer software are great ways to help others while strengthening his or her own knowledge. This opportunity will improve the teen’s teaching skills, self-confidence and responsibility.

Internship
Some teenagers have figured out which field they want to pursue. If the teen wants to gain experience for his or her professional future, an internship is the best way. Although many internships are unpaid, the job experience can lead to future employment. By an internship, the teen will learn professional knowledge, improve self-confidence, and gain real-world experience.

Starting a Business
Starting a business for the summer is a great way for a teen to learn running a business and earn some extra cash at same time. Some ideas include car washing, house painting, and pet care. Entrepreneurship is a great opportunity for teens to improve their time-management and organization skills, reliability, confidence and responsibility.

Landscaping
Landscaping and lawn care are booming businesses during the summer. It is a challenging job because it entails manual labor and long hours. If the teen loves designing, outdoors and nature, this job is right for him or her. He and she will enhance his or her creativity and benefit from the physical activity while learning about hard working, time management and responsibility.

Food Services
If the teen loves interacting with people, restaurant employment might be right for him or her. He or she can choose to work as a cashier, server, food runner, dish washer, and prep cook etc. Food industry jobs can help teens develop people skills, time-management skills, self-esteem and responsibility.

How to Protect Working Teens?

Many teenagers gain valuable experience, learn skills, and improve self-confidence by working. In the meantime, working teenagers also face some risks. Because working teenagers are young and have no or less social and work experience, they are more likely to get hurt at work than adults. Parents, employers and young workers should work together to ensure that work is a safe and positive experience for teens.

Here are some suggestions parents may take to help your working teenagers stay safe and gain good experience at work.

Before teenagers starting work

1. Learn the child labor laws and make sure the teen knows them well
Federal and state child labor laws are designed to restrict the working environments, tasks and hours that teens work. They act as a basic rule to protect working teens. However, different country, different state has different laws. Parents should do research carefully.

2. Decide what kind of job is acceptable
Depends on each teen’s individual and family needs, bottom line is safety and health first.

3. Set limits on working hours
Studies have shown that working teenagers who work more than 20 hours a week or work late at night are less alert in class and less prepared, which lead to bad school performance. Working long hours and/or late also affects teens’ health.

4. After the teen passed the interview, talk with him or her about the job
For example, ask the teen about what tasks he or she is asked to do? Whether the teen will be trained to do the assigned tasks safely? Whether the workplace looks safe?

5. Go to the possible workplace and meet the supervisor
Walk around to confirm it is a safe place. Ask the supervisor of your working teenagers where he or she is while your teens are working and get his or her contact information. If possible talk with the future co-workers as well.

After teens started working

1. Remind your working teenagers safety rules frequently
For example, to follow federal and state child labor laws and other safety rules and tips.

2. Talk about his or her job and feeling about the job frequently
For example, whether the employer follows federal and state child labor laws? Whether the teen gets along with co-workers?

3. Go to your teens’ workplace when he or she is working several times
Confirm that he or she works safely and observe the teen’s workplace, be aware of any unsafe factors.

4. Talk about your working teenagers’ concerns
For example, whether he or she feels overloaded? Is there any difficulty?

5. Contact related agencies if need additional help
Government and law offices have more assistance to protect working teenagers.

To learn more about protecting your working teenagers and improve your parenting skills, please refer to great parenting books.