Do you think your child’s talents need more recognition? Here are top reasons why you should build him a website.
By Jasmine Kaur
The world from a child’s perspective is more colourful and interesting than we can imagine. Their innate curiosity often leads to exciting discoveries and observations that, sometimes, can leave an adult speechless.
Until a few decades ago, a child’s creative expression or ideas were recorded in books, scrapbooks or photo albums, and proudly displayed to neighbours and relatives. With the advent of the Internet, that has changed drastically. A child sitting in Madurai can reach out to his fans in Sydney, Australia, and talk about his latest masterpiece. A parent can submit his child’s latest article to an international writing contest. The world has, literally, become a stage where you can present your creative thoughts or work for everyone to see. This is the power of the Internet. And if you think your child has a talent that should be nurtured and encouraged, the digital tools will help you do just that. Building a website for him is one such way to help him showcase his talents.
1. Builds a portfolio
If your child is creative and likes to draw, dance or write, making a website will help her build a portfolio that can be shared instantly, whenever needed. It will also help her keep a track of how she’s evolved over the years and what areas she needs to work on.
Moreover, she could inspire other children to showcase their talents and build a good online support system.
2. Helps your child stand out
Having an online portfolio gives your child a certain edge over her peers. His talent could be showcased to a bigger audience and he will also have instant access to feedback from a larger group of individuals. Remember, that popular singer Justin Bieber was discovered through his Youtube videos at the age of 13.
3. Encourages creativity
Having a website is like having an exclusive space just for yourself. Your child would have the space to share her ideas and thoughts with the world and develop them in the process by discussing them with individuals across all sections around the world. This again could help your child discover like-minded peers who are interested in pursuing similar ideas.
4. Makes them tech-savvy
Building and maintaining a website requires you to have basic computer and coding skills. As he develops his website to showcase his work and thoughts in a more creative manner, he will acquire these skills along the way and learn more about the inner working of the digital and the social media worlds. This knowledge will help him in the long run.
5. Gives them a platform
Building an audience or a fan base, can often take years. So, having a website at a young age will give your child a head start to build a bigger network of followers. Moreover, she can constantly gauge whether is work is being received well or not.
However, before you build your child a website, you should keep a few points in mind. Here are some of them.
Once you have helped your child build the website of her dreams, here are some things you need to look out for, to help her have an enriching experience.
At the end of the day, there are pros and cons to using the Internet to nurture your child’s talents. But, with adequate supervision and awareness, it is one of the best tools to help your child become an individual everyone respects, and aspires to become.
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Written by Jasmine Kaur on 20 July 2018.
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