StumbleUpon is a fun website for discovering new things on the internet. Users simply create a free account, and press the “stumble” button that will appear at the top of their web browser. They are then connected with a web resource that could be anything from a photograph of the Taj Mahal, to an article about underwater shipwrecks in the Black Sea. Users can cater their interests on StumbleUpon to create more refined results by using categories, or by rating content with a thumbs up or thumbs down on each website they stumble onto. StumbleUpon also offers special settings to select age restrictions and even a category for children’s resources, making it a great resource for exposing children to new and interesting educational content with the use of parental guidance. Due to the child-specific categories and broad range of multi-media content available, StumbleUpon is recommended to kids ages 7 and up, through parent’s should monitor usage by young children.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
StumbleUpon can connect users to faraway cultures, creative new recipes, and an endless amount of varied multi-media content. It can help users keep and open mind, and become accustomed to being exposed to new content. Rather than instantly hitting the "Stumble" button, users should go into each resource with the hope of learning something new. The app can help foster and develop new interests, whether that be a passion for art, a fascination with history or exposure to a new hobby users never even knew existed. Even within topics that may be familiar, looking over a random, completely new web resources can show children new aspects and angles of established interest that they may not have considered before. Exploring StumbleUpon with an open mind can lead to some pretty interesting discoveries, so users should avoid always rating unfamiliar content with a thumbs down, as doing so frequently can overly monotonize the experience.
Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
StumbleUpon allows users to select overarching categories representing their interests, which drives the results that they will see. Users can review these categories and narrow results by selecting things like Books, Science, Travel, Cooking, Nature and more. From there, users can refine the results to fit their interests by using the rating system, and assigning thumbs up or thumbs down ratings to pages that they enjoy or dislike, which will further customize the content that StumbleUpon provides, keeping the experience both relevant and fresh. Through use of the app, children can begin to expand their interests and become an expert in whatever topics they choose to explore.
StumbleUpon links users with interesting article on a wide range of topics, exposing them to more reading material catered directly to their interests. StumbleUpon can provide reluctant readers with relevant articles that they are more likely to want to consume, as the rating system and categorization options allow users to find articles pertaining to certain topics they find engaging. Exploring a chosen topic rather allows users to read subjects that are interesting to them specifically, which can go a long way towards encouraging further reading and expanding comprehension and vocabulary.
To make the most out of StumbleUpon, you'll need to do more than just sign up for an account. Try some of the strategies below, and let us know what works for you in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
Support your child to practice flexibility by being exposed to other cultures or perspectives and keeping an open mind. For example, your child could follow the Travel category and see different regions around the world. Just because he has never heard of a place or a culture doesn't mean the article is irrelevant and should be ignored; he should try to learn more. As he sees these faraway areas, compare and contrast his own life, with what it must be like to live in those regions, or experience the things he is reading about or looking at. You are trying to instill the point that not everyone comes from the same place, or views the world in the same way, so it is important to understand differences and be considerate. You can apply these concepts similarly with other topics he may be interested in -- different recipes in cooking, or styles of photograph, or sports rules variations.
When your child first creates his account, have him think hard about which categories he is most interested in. He must choose at least 5, and at least one of these categories should be something completely new to him. This way, he'll see familiar topics that he knows he'll like, but he'll also be branching out into new territory to discover new interests. Within each category, he will discover new things that he can thumbs up or thumbs down, further catering to his interests and letting him explore all aspects of his curiosities.
Challenge your child to read new articles each week. StumbleUpon links users to trending articles and materials on the web, which means they are often filled with interesting and new content about the child's chosen interests. He should read at least one article a week, and share it with friends and family by summarizing it, or posting it online where it can be seen by others. This offers a fun way to practice reading, and makes it a part of the regular weekly routine.
Children with ADHD often have difficulties seeing the importance in maintaining focus on their current task. Hyperactivity and an unwavering quest for outside stimuli often interferes with the attention children with ADHD give to a particular task. While at first glance it may seem like StumbleUpon compounds this problem, it is simply not the case. StumbleUpon allow children to sift through web pages, pictures, and videos that have been arranged to match the interests of children who personalize their StumbleUpon. Every page that is provided has been sorted through StumbleUpon's advanced algorithm, ensuring that viewers will find the page appealing and interesting.
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