7 Ways to Groom your Kids for Online Stardom

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As Social Media and Online statistics continue to grow you need to think about preparing your children for tomorrow’s world.  As brick and mortar businesses continue to flounder and more companies hit the net, the skills necessary to succeed online will become more vital than ever.

 

Reading

It all starts with reading.  Train their brains to read from all types of sources.  Books, Kindle, E-books, and online articles.  Limit their television viewing.  Provide your kids with a variety of content.  Let them discover their interests.  The words, “Oh, you have plenty of time to figure Reading - Online Successout what you want to be” are poison to the ears.  Just think of the advantage you would have had if you found your passion/love at fifteen or younger.  Be consistent and make it enjoyable for your kids.

 

Writing

Your daughter or son just finished a book.  Have them write down their thoughts about the book.  Go out and purchase a journal for them to keep a diary.  Even if it’s only a sentence or two a day, it becomes habit.  Most kids lack a filter.  Take advantage of that and encourage creativity to be expressed on paper.  If they are going to be solid online, they are going to have to write.

Blog Posts, articles, and E-Books are the core of many online superstars.  The obstacles to becoming an author of a book have been reduced.  While the costs of creating a self-published hard cover book are steep, you can create an E-book inexpensively.

Have your kids take a typing class as soon as possible.  It’s one of the most valuable classes they’ll take in school.

 

Public Speaking

The more comfortable your kids are speaking in a front of a group they know, the better they will be in front of strangers down the road.  Have them practice in front of the family and videotape the speech.  Start simple until they find their rhythm.  From there you can have them start to memorize a short speech.  View the videotape with them and suggest improvements.

It’s the end of your kids birthday party and you say thank you to everyone.  Instead of you speaking, give your child the floor.  Have them say a few words in front of the party.  Let them order their own food at restaurants.  When these opportunities arise let your children do the talking when you appropriate.  Let them speak.

Their public speaking talents will pay dividends when they’re asked to talk at conferences in the future.

 

Photography

Unless you’ve spent most of your time out of the solar system you realize how visual we are as human beings.  Sites such as Instagram, Flickr, and Google Plus are widely popular and cater to photography.

You see images in just about every blog post.  If you don’t, you should.  Don’t fight it if you don’t get it, photos and images are very important to online success.

Allow your kids to take photos from any device that includes a camera.  Again, familiarity and consistency will lead to improvement.

Trey Ratcliff is arguably the most popular and social media savvy photographer on the planet.  He’s taken his love and talent for photography and built it into a 7 figure a year business.  Start taking pictures kids.

 

Building Relationships

This is arguably the most important part of this article.  Learning how to build relationships is paramount to a successful online career.  Are Build Relationshipsthere exceptions where individuals succeed with little or no help from others?  Well of course, but if you want to put the odds in your favor, you need to build relationships.

Have your kids become friendly with not just kids their age, but 2-3 grades above theirs.  First, they can learn from older kids that have experienced what your kids are living currently.  Secondly, the transition to High School from Junior High can be challenging and full of anxiety.  If your kids have built relationship with older kids throughout their education, then entering High School will be seamless and welcoming.

If building relationships is instilled and practiced, your kids will create so many opportunities for themselves as they get older.

 

Sharing and Giving Back

Whether it is for someone less fortunate or just a friend that needs a favor your kids should be giving and caring.  The mindset should be to help others.  We don’t want our kids to ever be taken advantage of, but sharing and giving back should be the norm.  Have them visit nursing homes and/or Hospitals to visit sick children.  It can be humbling and fulfilling to kids.  Helping others should be a staple.

There is a lot sharing and philanthropy online today.  Have your kids find a cause to help and own it.  It could be illness that a relative or friend has battled, which would be relatable to your child.

 

Take advantage of Technology

We’ve come a long way since the Commodore 64.  Those were the days.  Many kids have direct or indirect access to Smart phones, Tablets, and/or laptops.  Your kids should embrace the technology offered today even if you, as a parent, have lukewarm feelings.  Technology has Technology - Social Mediabecome engrained in both our personal and business lives.  You don’t have to shove down their throats, but don’t deprive them if they show interest.  There are not many careers out there that aren’t touched by technology.

It’s never too early for a Twitter account.  Your 3 year old isn’t going to be active right now, but at 5-8 they are going to start to be in tune, and maybe at 11-12 they’re ready.  When they reach an age where they gain some interests (4-6) think about registering a Domain name.  You’ll pay about $10 a year with GoDaddy (a) or Netfirms (a) a year, but 5-10 years down the line that domain will have good age and that is attractive for search in Google’s eyes today.  You’re probably putting money away for college, why not spend $10 a year to put them in a better position with a future site/blog.

 

Obviously you figured out that excelling in the above will help your children in many different career paths.   These are foundations to being successful online and offline.  If your kids are polished in all these areas, they are well on their way to online stardom if they choose.

 

Please share the article if you enjoyed it and found it of value.  I look forward to your comments, have a great week.

24 comments
ALifeOfLight
ALifeOfLight

The new, and at the same time old, way to raise children to become complete and well-rounded human beings. The advantage of the online world to share and be shared, to see and to be seen and to interact with others in a very personal way is simply astounding.

 

It is exactly a right thing to do to raise our children up in a way that lets this integration be a part of their lives rather than a reward or a punishment. Thank you Steven, this will work.  :-)

SarahArrow
SarahArrow

Hi Steve, thanks for the link :)

I really love how you have crammed so much actionable advice into this post - what a tremendous resource and must-do for parents. I'm trying to encourage my daughters to speak up and in to speak out in group situations, your timely advice will prove invaluable. 

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DenaLynn
DenaLynn

Wow, such great actionable steps to to take to prepare children to flourish. The world has changed so fast over the last few years and as social media/internet influences multiply we're guaranteed to see much more. The world is more dynamic than ever - your tips are great to keep children ahead of the curve.

marquita.herald
marquita.herald

I LOVE this post! I can't remember ever seeing this kind of advice directed toward preparing our children for the future and you've done a wonderful job of providing valuable information and insight. Well done :-)

Deone_Higgs
Deone_Higgs

Great tips, Steve! I'm heading over now to check out the Instagram article. I wish there was a way to join, but unfortunately the Windows Phone hasn't made the cut with them yet. I hope it happens soon though. I'm missing all the fun over there. Cheers mate! Thanks again for the awesome article. 

Joan_BlogBizBuzz
Joan_BlogBizBuzz

Some wonderful ideas to keep Young ones learning, thanks for the interesting article, you obviously have children Stephen.

Chery Schmidt
Chery Schmidt

HI Steven, You have some great tips here today. I believe kids today are a hell of a lot smarter then our generation and for good reason to. Who knows what the future will holds for them, We as parents and grandparents need to educate them to be entrepreneurial minded that's for sure! Thanks for sharing. Chery :)

BruceSallan
BruceSallan

Good stuff. Also, I believe in reading to kids EVERY night when they're young. I read the first four Harry Potter books to my boys...by the fifth, they were reading on their own. We all got so into it and I loved those nights and was as curious of where the stories were going as were the boys. Such fun. And, both boys spontaneously began reading in Kindergarten...coincidence? We'll never really know.

OrganizerSandy
OrganizerSandy

Can you imagine what social media will be like when the young ones now (that start using ipads at 2 years old) get older? Wow... Good points you're making. Thanks

GettysburgGerry
GettysburgGerry

Excellent Steven, I thought it was a going to be a "Honey Boo boo" piece at first. Thank you for it not being that. I am sure Mark will happy with your book pic choice. Seriously though, this is a really interesting topic, one that I am sure many parents have not thought about. 

GeeklessTech
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 @DenaLynn Thanks DenaLynn.  Yes, we are getting faster and faster everyday.  Anything you can do to help your kids not only survive, but prosper, is time well spent..

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 @marquita.herald Thanks Marquita.  You can walk a slippery slop when writing about kids, but this gives solid foundation to be successful online and offline...

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 @Deone Higgs Thanks for the comment Deone.  How is that Windows phone? Hopefully soon, you would think they would want to be on as many platforms as they possibly can.

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 @markwschaefer Thanks Mark...It took about 10 shots to get a good angle, but the girls enjoyed the read :)

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 @Joan_BlogBizBuzz Hi Joan.  Yes, I do.  The two girls pictured are my daughters.  They are iPod and iPad equipped and enjoy technology.  Thanks for stopping by...

GeeklessTech
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 @Chery Schmidt It's definitely changed since when I was kid.  Let me hit up the memory.  I spent every free moment playing sports outside.  There was no technology.  I can remember having a rotary phone. LOL... Kids can still be kids, but if they enjoy and embrace technology they will be so much better suited for the future.I agree with the entrepreneurial mindset.  That's definitely changed as well.  It use to be go to college, get a job with a good company and work there for 35 years and retire.  Well, we know that has changed.

GeeklessTech
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 @BruceSallan Thanks Bruce. Agreed, you can never read to your kids enough.  It definitely jump starts their ability to read, and you set them up for good things.  Glad everything worked well in your house. :)

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 @OrganizerSandy I've seen a lot of bloggers in there early teens just in the last month.  All of these will help any kid grow and build a solid foundation for future endeavors.  Thanks Sandy.

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 @GettysburgGerry Thank You Gerry.  No "Honey Boo Boo" here. These are cores, well with the exception of photography.  Public speaking with advent of technology can be fun for kids while building important skills.  I forgot one, "Podcasting for Kids"  is another method to learn and grow.

Deone_Higgs
Deone_Higgs

 @GeeklessTech You're most welcome, mate! I'm loving my Windows phone, Steve! It's a little high tech than I'm use to, but all the other apps are great! I hope it'll happen soon too. I really want to be a Instagram user! I may have to drop Windows a little note to help speed up the process... yeah, that's what I'll do! Let's see how quickly they respond to their user's suggestions. :)) Cheers mate! 

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