Empowering Children Part 1: WordPress Web Design

 

It’s never too early to learn a skill. And in today’s times, there are skills we can teach our children that are both valuable and fun at the same time.

And, it’s not just the mastering of the skill itself that is empowering for a child. But the sense of accomplishment too, as the satisfaction of achievement and self-confidence gained from learning a new skill is priceless.

Which is why we want to release a short series of articles giving you different ideas of valuable skills you can teach children to not only help in their development, but also in building their self-esteem.

In today’s article we’ll be looking at teaching children website design. Specifically, website design using WordPress.

 

Why WordPress Web Design?

 

The internet plays a major part in our everyday lives, and probably an even bigger part in the lives of our children. Whether on our computers or mobile devices, we all visit websites daily. Recent statistics have even shown that we are browsing websites more often than we are watching television. Therefore, the ability to make a website is an invaluable skill.

You’re probably thinking that it requires years of advanced technical studies in order to build a website. This isn’t true at all.

Using a content management system like WordPress, you are able to build a professional website just as easily as you would create a document in Microsoft Word.

Which is why we recommend WordPress as an excellent platform to teach a child how to build a website. It’s easy to learn, fast and fun.

 

WordPress Web Design for Children

 

Besides being a lucrative and in-demand profession, web design can be an instrumental development tool for children that are victims of bullying, as well as for kids that are inclined to bully others.

Let’s look at how this is achieved:

Responsibility: Website design is a fun way of teaching children responsibility at a young age. When a child creates a website, they will need to regularly update and check in to make sure their website is problem free. Implementing a weekly website maintenance schedule will instil a sense of responsibility in a child without the negative perceptions often associated with household chores.

Pride and self-esteem: When a child creates their first website, whether big or small, they will be filled with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Knowing that they have their very own live website which they have created on their own will lead to a massive boost in their confidence as they realize that they can complete great things if they put their minds to it.

 

How to get started

 

The best way to get a child started with web design is to:

  1. Invest in a beginners WordPress web design course. A beginner course will get you up to speed with how to build a basic website using WordPress. Once you understand the basics, it is your duty to show your child how it’s done. This is important. Your child yearns for interaction with you, and it will be far more beneficial to them doing it with you as opposed to just putting them in front of a computer with videos playing.

 

  1. Use a drag and drop WordPress theme. Drag and Drop WordPress themes are excellent for beginners as they allow you to build a website with drag and drop ease, and without needing to know any web coding. This is recommended for children especially when starting out as they can then focus on expressing themselves creatively rather than having to learn coding as their first experience with website design. One such drag and drop theme we recommend is Divi by Elegant Themes. You can read a full Divi theme review at OnlineMarketingWisdom.com.

 

Resources:

https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/tutorials/web-design-for-kids-welcome-to-tuts-town–cms-23680

https://onlinemarketingwisdom.com

Ways for Teachers to Effectively Deal with Bullying

Bullying is a growing problem. A problem not only affecting our children, rather a common problem affecting society as a whole.

 

It’s our job as teachers to play our part in making sure that our students aren’t victims of bullying. It’s also just as important to make sure that students who have been guilty of bullying are dealt with in such a way that they are able to see and reflect on the negative consequences of their actions in order to help them overcome this behavioral problem and lead positive lives.

 

Why it’s important for teachers to actively get involved

 

During school, teachers are essentially taking on the role of parents. Most students are not in contact with their parents until the end of the school day so they look to teachers as their primary authority figure during school hours.

 

Too often we make the mistake of expecting the principle to deal with issues like bullying. When in fact, it would be far more effective if we dealt with these issues since we tend to spend more time with the students during class. As a result, we have better relationships with the students and more insight into the social dynamics of what is actually happening ‘on the ground’.

 

Below are a effective ways to:

  1. Prevent Bullying
  2. Address Bullying

 

How to Prevent Bullying

 

First and foremost, establish clear and specific rules and consequences for bullying in class. When students see that bullying is taken seriously by staff, they will be less inclined to bully.

A method that is particularly effective for younger students is to reward them for inclusive behavior. The reward can be on an individual basis or even a reward for the whole class.

Make it clear to your students that you are actively engaged in the prevention of bullying and making the school a safe space for everybody.

Treat your students with respect. Really listen to what they have to say and, in the case of teens, speak to them as if they are adults.

 

How to Address Bullying

 

Act immediately. Do not wait for the bullying to escalate or blow over. When a bully sees that nothing will be done, they are more likely to engage in this negative behavior more frequently.

To add to the point above, listen to children and parents who have come to you to report bullying and act immediately no matter how minor the incident appears to be.

When an act of bullying takes place, ensure that the parents of both parties are notified.

Provide a means for the victim of the bullying to seek medical help or counseling.

If permitted in your districts school laws, insist on sending the bully for counseling.

Rather than publicly reprimand the bully in front of his/her peers. Speak to him in private. This will have a more profound effect and will allow you the opportunity to get to the root of the problem.

 

As teachers, it’s our responsibility to ensure that school is a safe and inclusive space for all learners. Being able to effectively deal with bullying in your classrooms today will go a long way in ensuring that the next generation of adults lead productive lives instead of contributing to the bullying epidemic currently plaguing our society.