Let kids play is a way to help kids… learn effectively?!
Social networks in general as well as TikTok in particular always give parents a “headache”, because you do not know whether content is suitable for your kids or not.
But hey, there is still lots of useful knowledge on these social platforms. The important thing to keep kids be safe when online and even take advantage of knowledge resources on these social networks is to accompany, guide or control the content (if kids are too young).
Everest Education (“E2”) hopes this article contains information parents need to learn about TikTok – a popular social network that kids join every day.
TikTok at a glance
TikTok is a social network for sharing user-generated short videos. Users can create and upload their own videos.
The full TikTok experience is intended for users age 13 and over. Learn more at TikTok’s official announce
TikTok for Younger Users splits users into age-appropriate TikTok environments. “TikTok for Younger Users” – that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for an audience that is under 13 years old. TikTok for Younger Users allows us to split users into age-appropriate TikTok environments, in line with FTC guidance for mixed audience apps.
TikTok collects data of users. Collecting users’ data is thing social networks always do. We can custom settings to ensure information security, avoid unnecessary inconveniences. Learn how and why TikTok collects users’ data: https://www.tiktok.com/legal/privacy-policy?lang=en
Kid-friendly TikTok accounts
@nasablueberry1 | Cool space facts
@daniel.labelle | Hilarious sports-themed
@iammoshow | Positive, cat-themed
@fortnite | Updated dance moves and choreography
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We cannot deny, math is a “hard to swallow” science. However, mental math is an interesting aspect of mathematics. The more we learn, the more surprised and excited by the neat calculations and rapid results.
Let us show you some effective mental math tricks in pictures below!
Subtracting from 1000
Trick: Subtract every number from 9 except the last subtracted from 10.
Easy-peasy! Since now, kids will show the answer just by looking at the math problems like this. It also applies for 10000, 100000, or even 10000000
Multiply Numbers That End With Zero
Trick: multiply the first numbers and add the zeros after.
Well, this little trick becomes effective when kids do calculations regarding … money (supermarket payments, currency conversion, …)
Multiplying in Parts
Trick: mentally multiply in part then adding the results.
At first, practice on paper. After a while, the numbers will automatically be “placed” in kids’ heads and kids will be able to do mental math easily.
Multiply Numbers by 11
Trick: Add those digits together. Stick that digit between 2 digits at first.
Let’s look at the examples, the tip for multiplying by 11 is: keep the first and last digits, add every pair of numbers together (pair of numbers with a total of 10 or more, keep the number in units, add 1 to the previous number). Now let’s try 4546 x 11 and 45462 x 11 and share with us your answer in comment!
Children with SCD don’t have language mechanics problems, like using grammar, but have difficulty communicating in socially appropriate ways.
Symptoms are present in early childhood, but the signs often become more noticeable when they are older.
There are a lot of activities parents can do at home to help children get better at social communication.
In 2013 a new disorder was defined called Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD). According to Wikipedia, SCD is a disorder in understanding pragmatic aspects of language. People with SCD have particular challenges with the semantic part of the language (the meaning of what is being said) and the pragmatics of language (using language appropriately in social situations). Currently, as screen time for the very young has doubled in 20 years, social communication disorders are being diagnosed in children much more frequently than ever before.
Everyone struggles with social situations from time to time, but for a child with SCD, navigating social situations is a daily challenge. Children with SCD have the disorder from early in their development. They have trouble holding conversations and using spoken language in socially appropriate ways but are usually good with the mechanics of speaking, such as pronouncing words or constructing sentences; thus, parents might not notice the signs.
In this article, you’ll learn how social communication disorder affects children, how it is diagnosed, how it’s treated, and what parents can do to help children with SCD.
Social Communication Disorder: What Is It?
Social communication disorder (SCD) is characterized primarily by impairment in pragmatics – the linguistics area that has to do with how meaning is created and interpreted in verbal and nonverbal interactions.
Children with this disorder are not impaired in understanding word structure or grammar or in general cognitive abilities. They tend to do fine with the mechanics of speaking—pronouncing words and constructing sentences. What they struggle with is pragmatics. These are the unspoken, subtle rules of spoken language that allow people to connect. They primarily have difficulty using language in social situations, such as greetings, sharing information, changing speech to suit different social contexts, understanding things that are implied but not explicitly stated, and functioning in conversation and storytelling.
SCD affects all different types of verbal and nonverbal communication: spoken, written, gesture, and even sign language. It’s not clear what causes these difficulties. But SCD often occurs with other conditions and challenges. These include autism, ADHD, language disorders, and trouble with reading
What are the symptoms?
Children with SCD have trouble learning how to start a conversation, listen, phrasing a question, stay on topic, and know when the chat is over. A child with SCD can struggle in developing reading and writing skills, including reading comprehension. These children show an impaired ability to effectively communicate, participate socially, maintain social relationships, and perform academically or occupationally.
Children with social communication disorder have trouble with:
communicating appropriately for social purposes – for example, smiling and saying ‘hello,’ making eye contact while interacting with someone, or showing something interesting to another person, like pointing to a plane in the sky
adapting language to different listeners (for example, using formal manners with an adult versus casual language with a peer)
following social ‘rules’ – for example, holding out your hand to shake hands or taking turns during a conversation. They may monopolize the conversation or interrupt often, or not respond at all.
understanding and using verbal and non-verbal cues – for example, knowing that if a person is looking around while you’re talking, the person might be bored
understanding facial expressions and gesturing
understanding riddles, sarcasm, and metaphors
getting too close to people when they speak
Symptoms are present in early childhood, but the signs often become apparent when a child is older and has to deal with complicated social situations and rules.
How Is Social Communication Disorder Diagnosed?
Many symptoms of SCD overlap with those of other conditions and learning disabilities, which often complicates diagnosis, according to a study completed in 2013. Sometimes it is necessary to rule out other potential problems first. For example, a doctor might recommend a comprehensive hearing assessment to rule out hearing loss early. A speech and language pathologist with a thorough understanding of comorbid conditions and learning disabilities should complete the hearing and other evaluations, considering age, cultural norms, and expected stage of development.
According to ASHA, screening for SCD often includes interviews, observations, self-reported questionnaires, and information completed by parents, teachers, or significant others. It should also take into consideration your family’s medical and educational history. ASD symptoms are more likely if a family member has been diagnosed with ASD, communication disorders, or specific learning disorders, according to Child Mind Institute.
Following the assessment, the speech and language pathologist may provide a diagnosis, a description of the characteristics and severity of the condition, recommendations for interventions, and referrals to other specialists, as needed.
How Is Social Communication Disorder Treated?
SCD is a relatively new condition. There is no specific treatment for SCD, but it is thought that speech and language therapy with an emphasis on pragmatics, along with social skills training, will help.
Treatment should be specific to the individual, focusing on functional improvements in communication skills, especially within social situations. Treatment for SCD often includes parents and other family members. The therapist working with your child may also reach out to her teachers, special educators, psychologists to ensure that your child receives consistent practice and feedback in a variety of social situations, according to ASHA.
Strategies for parents
The good news is that SCD is treatable. Clinical research suggests the primary treatment for social communication disorder is speech-language therapy. It’s also critical for teachers and parents to reinforce these skills with opportunities to use them in school and at home. The critical skills for children with SCD to learn are:
Facial expression: facial expressions beyond the basics of happy, sad, or angry can be difficult for children with SCD to read. In many cases, communication is not just about words. Our intended meaning is usually conveyed through a combination of facial expression, body language, ane of voice, and the words we use. Some strategies to develop facial expression reading skills are: – Use a mirror so that your child can see how her face looks when she experiences an emotion – Use “mood music” to experience different feelings – Take photos of facial expressions and the contexts. Match the pictures to different feelings and to possible reasons for feeling this way. – Use real contexts and video clips to explain body language’s meaning, linked to facial expression and voice tone. – Use a symbol book or chart to show who, where on their or another’s body and when it is appropriate to touch. Discuss who isn’t appropriate to say hello to, shake hands with, kiss, cuddle… and teach socially acceptable alternatives.
Speech pragmatics: Speech pragmatics training can help a child understand the meaning of idioms and teach them how and when to use appropriate greetings.
Conversation skills: Kids with SCD often struggle with back-and-forth exchanges, such as asking and answering questions during a conversation.
Non-verbal communication: Learning how to use language is one component of the skill set necessary to communicate effectively. The other is interpreting and using non-verbal cues to assess someone’s mood, or knowing when someone is signaling discomfort or boredom, say, by looking at their watch.
Speech and language treatments are more successful with family engagement. Parents can supplement speech-language therapies by facilitating “real-life” conversations and interactions between the child and their peers. There are many other activities parents can do at home to encourage social communication skills.
Talk about the feelings. Books and stories provide an excellent opportunity to talk about feelings. Suggest why you think a character in a story is behaving or feeling a particular way. Try extending this to real-life situations, privately discussing what a friend or sibling might be feeling and why.
What’s next? Have your child try to predict what will happen next in a story. Help her locate the clues. Once an event occurs, go back and figure out the clues leading up to the event. For example, take a picture of spilled milk and food on the floor; ask what might have happened.
Use visual supports to aid in conversations. Role-playing games and visuals can also assist children in learning strategies to manage social situations.
Children with SCD need professional intervention to develop their social interaction skills. It’s not reasonable to expect them to simply “pick up” these skills by spending time with other children. Placing a child with SCD into socially demanding environments without appropriate support can do more harm than good by leading to teasing and isolation. We encourage parents to keep a close eye on your child as she grows and develops her language so that you can give the proper support when necessary.
Children also need to connect with friends, family members, as well as us. The digital age help connect people easier than ever. However, the network environment poses too many risks to young children. The parents’ choice and guidance will be a way to help children not “lag behind” in the online environment but still ensure the safety of their children.
Let Everest Education tell you about Messenger Kids app – a great tool to connect children with their friends and family members through text messages and video calls. Find out the necessary information right away!
“The solution for raising healthy, happy and productive children in the Digital Age is human, not technological. So, let’s enjoy and use the app wisely.”
At Everest Education, we always update, capture and support students on their journey to explore the world. Learn more about our course here.
Messenger Kids at a glance
“Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app that helps kids (aged under 13) connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. Today, Facebook is starting to roll out Messenger Kids to more countries and adding new choices for parents to connect kids with friends.”
Messenger Kids highlights
1. Helping Kids Connect With More Friends
Kathleen Lucchesi, Khan Academy Teacher Ambassador and math department chair at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, California. “As a teacher, I know my students are missing their friends and daily classroom interactions. I’m excited to use this new feature to help my kids have fun, stay connected and build camaraderie virtually.”
Kids often build community through their classes at school, participating in a team sport or other extracurricular activities. Just as parents allow a teacher or coach to help their child navigate classroom or team friendships, this new feature gives parents a choice to approve a similar adult to help connect their child with other kids through a group in Messenger Kids.
2. Supervised Friending
With Supervised Friending, parents can choose to allow their kids to accept, reject, add or remove contacts while maintaining the ability to override any new contact approvals from the Parent Dashboard. When a kid takes a friending action, parents will be notified through Messenger and override any new connections.
3. Parents Are In Control
Parental control is at the heart of Messenger Kids. Parents manage who their kid interacts with and monitor their child’s activity in the app through the Parent Dashboard. This will avoid kids texting with strangers or malicious information.
Getting started with Messenger Kids
4 easy steps and kids no need to have a phone number to sign up
Authorize Child’s Device. Authenticate your child’s device using your Facebook login. If you forgot your password, you can opt to receive a temporary password. Please note this won’t create a Facebook account for your child.
Create the account. Create an account for your child by adding their name and other details. After you finish, your child can take a photo and choose a color to decorate the app. It would be great to set up with your child.
Customize Parental Controls. You can manage your child’s account and customize controls from the Parent Dashboard in your Facebook app.
More about Messenger Kids
Keep move with and guide children when using app. Children move seamlessly between the offline and online worlds. Parents must move with them, parenting them the whole way.
The app is free of advertising but does collect data on children and their usage for developing products. Learn more about what and why Facebook collects data on your child here.
Children’s brains are rapidly developing and they are learning about the world and ways to behave in it. Nowadays, children seem to spend more waking hours online than with any other activity, and parents must be by their side and guide them just as you do in real life.
Why should children learn probability as soon as possible?
Probability – Statistics is one of the three most important aspects of mathematics, accompanying high school students throughout their math learning journey.
Probability is mathematically random. Based on events in life, people make predictions about how likely will that event happen. Therefore, you can completely show and explain to your kids real-life examples of probability.
At Everest, we let students learn and play with probability from a very early age. Therefore, they gain a strong foundation and understand how to make decisions most efficiently. Learn more about our course here.
Mathematical probability is expressed in fractions (½) and percentages (50%). Once you know the probability, you can determine the likelihood of an event, which falls along this range:
– certain (probability of 1, the highest possible likelihood)
– likely (probability between ½ and 1)
– even chance (probability of ½)
– unlikely (probability between 0 and ½)
– impossible (probability of 0, the lowest possible likelihood)
Before planning for an outing or a picnic, we always check the weather forecast. Suppose it says that there is a 60% chance that rain may occur. Do you ever wonder where this 60% come from?
Meteorologists use a specific tool and technique to predict the weather forecast. They look at all the other historical databases of the days, which have a similar temperature, humidity, pressure, etc. And determine that on 60 out of 100 similar days in the past, it had rained.
Winning a lottery is one of the most interesting examples of probability. In a typical Lottery game, each player chooses six distinct numbers from a particular range. If all the six numbers on a ticket match with that of the winning lottery ticket, the ticket holder is a Jackpot winner- regardless of the order of the numbers. The probability of this happening is 1 out of 10 lakh (A lakh is a unit in the Indian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand (100,000))
Flipping a coin or Dice
Flipping a coin is one of the most important events before the start of the match. There is no surety, either head will come or not. Both head and tail have 1 out of 2, i.e., 50% chances to occur. Hence, the probability of getting the desired outcome is 0.5. Similarly, while playing with dice, there are 1 out of 6 chances that the required number will come.
There is a probability of getting a desired card when we randomly pick one out of 52. For example, the probability of picking up an ace in a 52 deck of cards is 4/52; since there are 4 aces in the deck. The odds of picking up any other card is therefore 1 – 4/52 = 48/52.
As parents, of course, we all want our children to succeed in everything they do, especially in their exams. Exam results will be key to a child’s academic success and generally considered as quintessential indicators to keep her stay on track for the goals we have set for her. And when children fail exams or secure poor marks, parents are heartbroken just as their kids are. Some parents often think that their child is not giving their best or not serious in their studies, but that’s not always the case. Some parents even resort to actions that may traumatize the child to the point they will consciously try not to fail. This has led to an increased depression rate among the youths in our country; some students even want to go away from home due to unbearable stress from their parents.
Although you may be angry, disappointed, frustrated, or all of the above about your child’s test score, your child is also probably enduring worse feelings. Failing in exams can result in devastating impacts on children. They feel disappointed, embarrassed, and start to doubt their abilities and self-worth.
While it’s distressing to see your child collapsing in their crucial steps, there’s a lot to learn from failures. In this article, we suggest 5 tips for parents to help get their child back on track and teach them how to deal with exam failure!
Why Kids Fail Exams
If you ask your children if they have studied, the answer will always be “Yes.” Yet, even with affirmative responses, students still receive failing grades on their tests. So many bright and intelligent students do not always do well on tests. Even after studying for hours and hours, many students can still FAIL an exam! So, what is the disconnect between studying and the grades teenagers receive on tests? There are several potential factors that contributed to this poor showing:
1. Test anxiety:
Performance anxiety may affect any student, from Early Years to Ph.D. candidates. Its symptoms range from mild – that ‘butterflies in the stomach’ feeling to debilitating physical ills such as vomiting, migraines, accelerated heart rate, and fainting.
Kids, especially teenagers, are far less confident than they make themselves out to be. Remember from our old school days how intense and destabilizing peer pressure and social competition can be? Today, with every teenager having their own social media account, being terrorized by your classmate’s can – and often does happen 24/7. Many students’ grades are the ultimate determination of their self-worth. If they receive a B instead of an A, they believe they are a failure. If they don’t get the internship they applied for, they take the company’s rejection of their application as a rejection of themselves. A 2002 study by Jennifer Crocker at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social found that eighty percent of college students base their self-worth on their academic success.
3. Wrong study strategies:
Our education system, especially traditional schools, often teach children WHAT to study, but not HOW to study. If you see your child spending hours to hours in front of her desk but still failed in her exams, it means that your child may be studying using techniques for the wrong learning style. For example, if they are using flashcards when they are an auditory learner, then flashcards will not work for them!
4. Other reasons why kids fail exams include:
Lack of interest – they simply have no desire to study and/or no passion for their subject matter
Procrastination – putting off studying falls under the time management umbrella
Perseverance – initially keen to learn, the long wait for assessment day weakens resolve
Overconfidence – “I don’t need to study, I’ve got this in the bag!”
Distraction – phones, friends, food… always something more enticing than those musty books…
Poor/improper study materials: anything from illegible notes to the wrong exam board’s marking schemes
What to do when your child failed in exams
While it’s distressing to see your child collapsing in their crucial steps, there’s a lot to learn from failures. Here are a few tips for parents to help their child cope with failure in exams and get them back on track:
1. Do not lay the blame on your child
Take a deep breath! The first thing that you should do when your child does badly in their prelims is not blaming them. Some parents are so upset and enraged by the news of their child’s failure that they can’t prevent themselves from picking up the rod. Fingers are pointed at every habit of the child, like getting up a little late in the morning, playing a few minutes beyond the sunset, or spending a little extra time in front of the TV.
It is important to move forward with positive and constructive support. We know it is easier said than done, but you cannot change what has already happened: the failing test grade. Harshly ridiculing your child can lead to raised stress levels during future exams. This then can result in your child doing poorly as testing stress can create problems with recalling information and problem-solving. Remember, no children go to an exam with the intention to fail. Like adults, they derive their self-worth from their successes. So if things don’t go well as they expected, they are already feeling down. Do not make your child feel more sorry or guilty. Instead, help her get back on her feet and try again. Always remind her, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
2. Do not compare them to other students or children
This is particularly true for siblings. When a child fails in exams, parents often resort to comparing the child with her peers or other high achievers; all that will do is lower your child’s already bruised self-esteem and make them form negative feelings. Every child is different and demonstrates their strengths and weaknesses in different ways. Comparing them to other children will only upset them more and make them lose confidence in themselves.
3. Have an open conversation with your child
A compassionate and open-minded conversation with your child can give you some ideas about her performance struggles. Not studying hard enough is not always the reason why your child fails in her exams. There could be other factors such as “exam fear,” vision problems, or a hatred for one or more subjects, as we mentioned earlier. If your normally bright child starts underperforming on her tests all of a sudden, it could even indicate more serious underlying issues like bullying, abuse, or trauma.
In your child’s words, ask her to describe how she feels, why she thinks she failed. Do not assume. Do not talk her down. Ask her how you can help to improve the situation. Is there a bully? Is something taking her mind off her school work? A parent-child relationship based on trust and mutual respect play an important role in your child’s academic performance.
If you feel that you have difficulty communicating with your child, get someone else like your tuition teacher to analyze and talk with your child. Our teachers and professionals at Everest Education are always open to assist parents in understanding what their child is struggling with.
4. Help your child develop better study habits
Maybe the study technique or routine your child is using is not working for them, or maybe they are studying too much. Make sure your child is balancing school, leisure, and family time. It is important for them to absorb and learn, but it is also important for them to go and play outside to burn off some energy. After sitting in a classroom all day for 6 hours, unwinding time is very crucial. Help children develop a good schedule that allows a good balance between school, family, and leisure.
Make sure your child is eating healthy brain food before homework or studying because food helps fuel the brain. The brain needs fuel to learn and children do not learn as well or retain information well on an empty stomach. Lastly, implement a schedule. Schedules and routines are important because routines give children a sense of safety and security and help them develop self-discipline. Inconsistent schedules can also create emotional anxiety, which can be shown in their schoolwork and persona at school. More than that, don’t forget to encourage him/her to practice some breathing exercises that can help reduce stress and provide a range of health benefits.
5. Help your child overcome hatred toward a subject
Some children, even the bright ones, hate specific subjects and their poor results reflect this aversion. Getting them to overcome their hatred is a tough challenge for all parents. In many cases, a child hates a subject because of the teacher or the way she is taught in school. If this is the case, you need to find a compelling way to change her perceptions. Forcing your child to work harder on subjects she doesn’t like is seldom fruitful. Instead, try stimulating her interest with alternative ways. For example, if your child hates Math, try to spark her love with numbers by playing hands-on activities that can help them relate Math in their real life.
6. Look for additional resources that can benefit your child.
If you don’t have time to look into your child’s studies, the internet and online learning can come in handy. The power of the digital world nowadays allows students to learn anything, from anywhere, at any time, and without any charge. The Internet offers a large selection of online self-paced courses, websites, and applications for kids to learn math, science, social studies, English, and even soft skills such as writing, drawing, presenting, or coding. The question is just how to find them. To give you some suggestions, take a look at these useful lists below:
Parents can also look for a professional tutor to help their children out. Tutors are trained to evaluate your child’s learning skills and determine which areas they need extra help with. They can also create personalized teaching programs to help your child develop the right techniques to answer questions they originally find difficult to answer before getting a tutor to help. By bringing about a change of approach to studying, extra tuition sheds light on points that the student finds particularly hard.
Everest’s Tutoring program offers a customizable curriculum and personal mentorship for students. We pinpoint each student’s strengths and weaknesses and tailor the curriculum to address their specific needs. We provide private tutoring sessions in English in one-on-one or small-group formats as an enrichment program for various academic subjects, including English, Maths, Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), IGCSE, IB, IELTS, and SAT.
“Celebrate fast fails” is also one of the core values that we at Everest highly embrace and apply not only for our students but also for our teachers and operational staff as well. From grade school through university and into the workplace, failure is seen as a worst-case scenario to be avoided at all costs. However, at Everest, we treat failure as a powerful learning tool. A mistake in an exam can teach your child what their strengths and weaknesses are. And by learning from that, they would never repeat the same mistakes.
Failure is a valuable teacher when it comes to learning to innovate. Failure is often positioned as the opposite of success, but that’s far too simplistic – and negative! – a view. Success doesn’t just magically happen: it’s the final step in a long process of innovating and learning from failure. Daniel Epstein, CEO of Unreasonable Institute, sums it up nicely: “Failure is a weird word. I don’t see it as a failure. I see it as a natural evolution of a solution to a problem.”
A child’s failure is a chance for parents to teach acceptance and problem-solving skills. You and your child can try to come up with what she could do the next time for a better chance at success. For instance, could she study differently or talk to the teacher about any problems she’s having before a test? This fosters a positive environment that encourages your child to approach you when they are having difficulty throughout the year and ask for help.
The most important thing you can provide your child for success in their exams is to let them stand on their own abilities. Create good habits, foster success, then stand back and let success or failure happen. If your child comes to you upset because they have failed, use this as an opportunity to learn that you can’t be successful all of the time. Occasional failure is part of life. What your child needs the most from you at this point in life is your love, care, and of course, your positive and constructive support.
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