What Parents Need to Know About ChatGPT

Ah, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the sound of book pages flipping, and the tapping of computer keyboards. Do you remember when “copy-paste” was our biggest school concern? My, how times have changed. Let me tell you a little tale, something that’s been on my mind lately.

Do you recall hearing about this AI showdown brewing, with ChatGPT, Bing and Bard front and center? Imagine these tech giants squaring off, and we’re in the middle, clutching our popcorn and wondering how to shield our kids from the crossfire. Microsoft teamed up with OpenAI (who birthed ChatGPT) to soup up their search engine Bing, and Google’s throwing its hat in the ring with Bard and more soon. And if the grapevine holds true, we’ll soon have Meta (yup, our old pal Facebook) joining this AI party!

Being an AI-dabbling dad, I’ve had my fair share of hair-pulling moments. But let me let you in on a little secret: I believe our kids can sail these AI waters with a bit of our guidance. Now, hold on tight because I’m about to take you on a roller-coaster ride of my AI insights, peppered with personal stories and hopefully, a lesson or two.

Photo of Woman Teaching His Son While Smiling

Has this happened to you already? Did you discover your son trying to outsmart his teacher by asking ChatGPT for essay inspiration? Or your daughter asking Bard about Pythagoras because her triangle homework was giving her fits? It got me thinking about the dance between AI and homework.

Let’s talk about this, shall we?

Golden Days with AI in Homework: Picture this: Your kiddo is stuck on a challenging math problem or can’t remember that pesky historical date. Enter AI, our modern-day superhero! Within seconds, information flows like water, making their study sessions seem like a cakewalk. And hey, who can resist those spell-checks and grammar corrections?

But, you know, every rose has its thorn…

Stormy Weather with AI: Sometimes, our superhero AI has its off days. You think it’s giving your kid the correct answer, but surprise! Not always the case. The vast internet isn’t the most reliable tutor, and even AI can get fooled. And don’t get me started on the dangers of letting AI pen that essay for them!

What’s the point of homework if it doesn’t make our little ones scratch their heads once in a while, right?


So, friend, are you wondering how to paddle in these AI-infested waters? Here are a few of my golden rules, some lessons I’ve learned the hard way:

  1. Double, triple-check everything: Remind them that even the best AI can sometimes get things twisted.
  2. Balance is key: Use AI as a tool, not as a crutch. After all, we don’t want our kids losing that creative spark!
  3. Dive into their world: Sit with them, ask about their day, their homework, their favorite AI tool. Make it a shared journey!
  4. Cherish the grind: Homework isn’t about being perfect. It’s about learning. So, let’s ensure our kids relish every challenge!
  5. If you’re up for it, try out ChatGPT. It’s quite the experience. And hey, keeping up with our kids is a journey in itself, isn’t it?


In this whirlwind of technological advancement, let’s keep our feet on the ground and our hearts in the game. AI can be a powerful ally, but like all things, it’s all about how we use it. And remember, we’re in this together! Maybe, just maybe, while guiding our little ones through this AI maze, we’ll rediscover some of our own childhood wonder. Until next time, happy parenting!

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