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Typing Lessons for Teens

By an eHow Contributor

After reading and writing, typing is the next stepping stone for your teenager to get into the world of computers. Computers run the gamut in business, education, and communication. Learning to type on a computer keyboard will improve your teenager’s research, writing, and communication skills in the modern world. Apply some simple steps to get your teenager typing like a professional. Have your teenager learn to type in as little as a few weeks by keeping yourself involved in their typing endeavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Mavis Beacon typing software

Instructions

  • 1. Learn to type. Parents who know how to type will be more effective in teaching teens to type. Typing can be frustrating in the beginning. Understanding is necessary in order to teach.

  • 2. Set up a computer station for your teenager. Depending on your teenager’s height, you may have to adjust the chair and desk.

  • 3. Purchase Mavis Beacon’s software for typing. Teenagers will learn to type while playing an interactive video game that teaches them the basics of typing. As the game progresses, the typing becomes more complicated. The game moves faster as the typist progresses through levels in the game.

  • 4. Consider ergonomics. Initially, have your teenager practice with a standard computer keyboard. This keyboard is what is most commonly used at the workplace and school. However, as your teenager improves with typing, you may want to add equipment that improves comfort and productivity. Swap the old keyboard for the Natural Keyboard. This type of keyboard is divided in the middle, and angled for the human hands to work more comfortably.

  • 5. Use a chair that is good for posture. Practicing posture is important at an early age. Typing demands a lot from the body’s posture. Poor posture can result if your teenager is leaning or slouching while typing.

  • 6. Time your teenager. Set aside hours for your teenager to practice typing. Keep the hour short in the beginning, so as not to discourage your teenager from learning how to type. Typing can be very uncomfortable in the beginning. Extend the hours of typing to about two or three hours a day after a couple of weeks.

  • 7. Assign a project to your teenager outside of the Mavis Beacon typing environment. For example, have your teenager type a couple of pages out of a dictionary. This will improve their confidence in typing while they only occasionally glance at the computer screen or keyboard. Watch them at this point. If it makes your teenager nervous to have you watching, ask them to type some extra pages from the dictionary without your supervision.

  • 8. Ask your teenager if they are ready to perform the test while you watch them. If your teenager is frustrated with your overseeing their work, offer a reward for taking your challenge. Remember to motivate rather than scold your teenager. Teenagers are eager to prove themselves. Use this fact as a motivator.

  • 9. Ask your teenager to type a one page report on typing. This will teach your teenager to think and type, rather than just typing over what they see on the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not have your teenagers compete over who can type the best.

  • Take complaints about pain in the hands, back, and eyes seriously. Do not ignore questions or difficulties from your teenager.

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