Do the homework on software Computer Time

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Before you invest in reading software for your child, consider these points:

* Try before you buy. Some stores have demonstration software set up, or check to see if the library or your child's school has a copy you can preview.

* Look for reviews in magazines such as Consumer Reports for Kids, recommendations from teachers, tutors and other parents, and advice from the store's computer software experts.

* Choose a level of difficulty appropriate to your child's age and ability.

* Check specifications to be certain your computer can adequately handle the program's technical requirements.

Pub Date: 8/19/98

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