“Detty December” is over and students, teachers and parents are all trying to get through the mad rush of “back to school” and get back into the rhythm of things.
Parents, who have just gotten back to work after a relaxing holiday, are faced with multiple tasks such as beating morning traffic to get their children to school on time and ensuring that daily school supplies are lined up and ready to use.
They also take time out of their busy schedules to help their children with homework, among other things.
For parents trying to ease their back-to-school stress, here are five ways technology can help:
- Set reminders with Google Assistant
Setting reminders is a smart way to remember all the important things for school, from lunches to school events.
You can easily create reminders using Google Assistant. Using your mobile device or phone, simply say “Hey Google, set a reminder” or “Hey Google, remind me to dry clean my kids’ uniform at noon tomorrow.”
Google Assistant will then set a reminder and send you a notification when it’s close to time.
- Fight traffic with Google Maps
You can get real-time information about traffic jams and delays using Google Maps, helping to plan better routes for school trips.
Parents who prepare to take their children to school every morning can use Google Maps to check alternative routes and estimated time of arrival (ETA) to ensure they get to school before the bell does not ring.
- Do your homework with Google search
Not all parents are subject matter experts, but they often have to act as designated guardians or help with homework.
In some cases, parents have forgotten how to solve simple math problems or they may not have the answers to some basic science questions.
A Rapid search on Google can help find solutions to difficult questions.
Parents should, however, allow their children to generate the answers to their homework questions before searching for the answer on Google.
- Watch video tutorials on YouTube
Youtube is ideal for watching fun, informative and educational explainer videos.
For example, parents can watch videos that explain how solve a quadratic equation and improve their knowledge to help their children with their homework.
There is also a variety of educational videos for kids that can help parents tutor children who want to learn more beyond their schoolwork.
- Protect your children with Family Link
Today, children are spending more time online than ever before. As such, it’s important to help them develop healthy online habits and ensure they’re protected from evils such as online predators and cyberbullies.
Family link allows parents to set digital rules to help their children learn and explore online.
The app helps kids make good decisions about what they do on their devices and even displays teacher-recommended apps that can be added to their devices.
It can be difficult for parents to balance their own professional endeavors with the demands of their children’s rigorous education, but technology can sometimes help lighten the load.
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