Introducing email, blog and facebook to my son & daughter

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Today is a very interesting day. Believe it or not, I taught my kids, Ikhwan (8) and Marsya (6) how to open, read, type and chat using their own email account. Before that, I thought both of them how to register and login their own email account.

So, it is official, Ikhwan and Marsya has their own email account and I can send email to them. Their mother can send email to them too. Their grandfather, uncles and aunties also can send email to them as well.

It is really interesting and I look forward to see how they will progress. I hope this exposure can stimulate their brain faster than normal. I hope this activity will be a good one to further educate and train them to be independence in information seeking. It was quite tough to explain to them about what is email, username, password, reply, chat etc. But the outcome was great… They seem to like the idea of being able to email and chat :) .

Alya (5) seems not interested yet to learn about email. Maybe next year I will teach her.

Following was my chat (GTalk) with Ikhwan just now… It was his first time chatting with me. Marsya was with him while he searched which letter on the keyboard to key in. They were both down stairs while I was up stairs. The overall chat took 22 minutes, mainly because I have to wait him to type the chat… haha…

me: Ikhwan
Awak tengah buat apa?
Awak tengah tengok kartun ke?

Sent at 8:03 PM on Sunday
me: CEpat lah sikit…kenapa ikhwan taip lambat sangat??
Marsya tak tolong Ikhwan ke?
Ikhwan…cakap kat Marsya jangan nenen banyak sangat…he he
Sent at 8:06 PM on Sunday
ikhwanfirdaus02: saya tengah tengo komputer
me: oooo
best tak cakap-cakap kat komputer?
he he he
:)
Sent at 8:09 PM on Sunday
ikhwanfirdaus02: bas
me: bas apa?
apa lah awak ni?
awak ketawa ki ki ki ki  ke?
Sent at 8:11 PM on Sunday
ikhwanfirdaus02: kenapa daddy cakap banyak?
me: eh…tak boleh ke?
Nak borak – borak dengan anak sendiri…huhuhuhuhu
Sent at 8:15 PM on Sunday
ikhwanfirdaus02: lemang tak boleh pun
Sent at 8:17 PM on Sunday
ikhwanfirdaus02: cepat lah jawap sokalan saya
me: lemang? memang lah
bukan lemang
sila eja betul betul yek….
Sent at 8:21 PM on Sunday
ikhwanfirdaus02: dah saya dah tak nak borak lagi
me: ok babai
Sent at 8:25 PM on Sunday

Next project

After they are familiar with login, reading and replying emails, I will move on and teach them to create and maintain their own blog.

For a start they will use blogspot.com but then, after a while and when they are able to understand blogging, I’ll present them their own dotcom. I want to provide them the dot com and web 2.0 adventure. It is the web 2.0 era and soon web 3.0 will emerged. I don’t want my kids to be laid back and not knowing or not alert on the internet wave. I want them to make full use of what is good from the internet.

After they are familiar with email and blog, I’ll introduce them to Facebook. Facebook is equally important web 2.0 tool nowadays for networking and other positive activities.

And finally, when the timing is good and when I see some sign of maturity, I’ll train them on how to make money online. I strongly believe, they will be excited to be able to make money by themselves. When? I can’t say yet. If either one of them are ready at the age of 13, I’ll teach him/her. If either one is ready at 10 years old, why the heck not?

Then, I need to teach them how to register google adsense, click bank etc. I also need to expose to them about paypal and how to withdraw money using western union or our own internet banking system. Wow…that, I believe would be very interesting… ;)

I’ll let reveal when they have their own personal blog that they run themselves soon…

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18 thoughts on “Introducing email, blog and facebook to my son & daughter”

  1. Interesting backtalk interview and a tricky subject these days. I’ve been on facebook for quite a while and friended a friend’s H.S. daughter. I was a little surprised she friended me back but she did.

  2. The single most important thing that I have been able to give to my son, from the very first moment he came to me with the news, has been that I have always loved him, and WILL always love him, regardless of my own difficulties with his “choice.”

  3. how ’bout don’t be so strict. the kid can’t be doing anything that bad. and if you want to know what there doing. join myspace and add them as a friend. then you can see everything they’re doing.

  4. I’ve taught my children to use GTalk since last year…I use it to communicate with them whenever they stay at their grandparent’s house during school holiday…It is also a cheaper means of communication. If they are tired of typing words then I’ll talk to them via Gtalk…or even watch their face (this is her mom’s part)…still very cost effective compared to telephone..

  5. Yes, we should make full use of the technology… By the way, do you want to see my daughter’s blog? hehe

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