Safely Introducing Kids to AI Tools

Safely Introducing Kids to AI Tools
Safely Introducing Kids to AI Tools

Help them understand online security and how fraud roams around the AI landscape.

This is an exclusive article conducted by the Editor Team of CIO News with Joseph Jude, CTO at Net Solutions.

About Joseph Jude: Joseph is the CTO of Net Solutions, a boutique IT services company. Previously, he worked with the Government of India on rolling out e-governance systems for the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. He also runs a podcast called Gravitas WINS Radio and a coaching program called Gravitas WINS, where he teaches executives about building executive presence and attracting luck. You can learn more about him on his homepage.

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I will move the world.”

Technology and tools have been such levers by which business leaders have moved the world.

In the 1990s, computers revolutionized the way we worked and fueled economic growth. The power of computing has brought efficiency and productivity to our lives.

In the early 2000s, the internet connected the world and opened up vast opportunities for communication, information sharing, and e-commerce. It transformed industries and even created new ones. It continues to shape how we shop, learn, and even spend our free time.

Fast forward to the last decade, and social media became the lever that connected people like never before, enabling personal networking and business growth. Even now, many small business owners go to LinkedIn to find new leads for their businesses. Likewise, Twitter has created many millionaire solopreneurs.

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more democratized, AI tools are set to be the next game-changer. In this episode, I want to talk about how to safely expose our kids to AI tools so they can learn to use this lever effectively.

All of these thoughts originate from my experience of homeschooling my two boys.

  1. Let them be drivers first, mechanics later

Much like learning to drive, let them first learn to use AI tools. Don’t bother them at this stage with complex topics like machine learning models. Let them use tools like to transcribe their notes into readable text. Or let them use ChatGPT to generate ideas for an essay and so on. Help them document their learning using a video or a blog post.

  1. Help them understand the inner workings of artificial intelligence

Once they are comfortable with using AI tools, let them learn the basic concepts behind artificial intelligence systems like algorithms, supervised learning, and machine learning models. This will help them grasp the foundations of artificial intelligence and its potential. They can then decide if they want to build artificial intelligence tools themselves.

  1. Talk to them about ethics

As they learn about artificial intelligence and use it, talk to them about the ethical use of AI tools. Talk about racial and other forms of bias and how AI algorithms perpetuate them. Help them understand online security and how fraud roams around the AI landscape. Cultivate a habit of thinking critically so they can become intentional users of artificial intelligence. Let the next generation be good citizens of the AI world.

As a homeschooling parent, this is how I’m teaching my kids about artificial intelligence. They are creating their blog posts via AI tools; they use midjourney to create images; and they use chatgpt to learn about World Wars.

As I believe artificial intelligence is the next lever, I’m preparing my kids to use that lever to their advantage. I hope they can improve the world for them and move it forward in a positive direction.

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