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Finding out about Illumenedge18 could not have come at a better time for our family. My oldest had JUST gotten his drivers license, his first car and his first job, all within a six month time period. Now that is a lot of big life changes at once.
Not only have all these big events happened with my son, in May he will be our very first homeschool graduate and in June he will turn 18. These are very exciting times, but they are also scary times for this mama. Watching your child grow into an adult with adult responsibilities can be very overwhelming and tug at all the heart strings. I have found myself frantically wondering if I had taught him everything he needed to know about being a responsible adult.
Of course, there are many things I still need to teach him before he leaves our home, but where do I even begin? I haven’t seen many courses that are geared towards homeschoolers that teach them about laws, and how drastically things will change the day they turn 18. This stuff is so very important. I love this quote from Illumenedge18: “As a teen becomes a young adult at age 18, their status within the laws changes drastically. What used to be simple pranks or carelessness can now impact credit scores, prevent a young adult from getting a job, lose a driver license, or even land them in jail.“
The Illumenedge18 training models were created by an attorney with a background in social services, to teach young adults enough about laws to make better decisions and avoid legal consequences resulting from ignorance about laws. Their online courses help guide young adults in the right direction on their new path in life as a young adult.
There are so many important topics that are covered in a wide variety of these courses:
- Personal Relationships & the Law
- Driving Laws Every Young Driver Must Know
- Tenants, Landlords, and Leases
- Cash, Loans, Debts, and Promises
- Safe Surfing
- Collateral Damage: Consequences When You Damage Your Legal Reputation
- Crime…and its Aftermath
- Work and Paying Taxes
- License, Insurance, and Registration Please
I enjoyed going over these with my son and discussing the topics as we were learning about the different laws.
Here are a few of the courses we specifically went over together:
Driving Laws Every Young Driver Must Know is similar to something you would learn in a Drivers Ed class in school. This would be a perfect course to take if you don’t plan on having your child take Drivers Ed, as it covers the important laws they need to know that you may forget to teach them on your own.
Collateral Damage: Consequences When You Damage Your Legal Reputation is a great course to help your kids think ahead about the consequences of their actions. It talks about some great jobs you are not allowed to have if you are convicted of a crime. It also goes more into depth about the point system on a driver’s license.
The Safe Surfing course talks about the dangers of surfing the internet. One of the main topics of this section is “free” stuff. It describes how not everything that says free is really free; it may include viruses or adware that could effect your computer and possibly your whole entire home network. Knowing what to look for and avoid while searching the internet is very important! This course also lightly touches on “sexting”and how just downloading one picture of your underage girlfriend is illegal. These things are tough to talk about, but good for our soon to be adults to know.
We found the site easy to use and navigate. Everything is laid out clearly by the different courses that they have to offer. First you choose the course you would like to take and then add it to your “locker”. Once it is in your locker you can begin the class. My son started the first part of Driving Laws Every Young Driver Must Know on his iphone and then finished it on the computer with no problems. The site on mobile is very mobile friendly and easy to navigate. The class took around 45 minutes in total to complete. All of the courses consist of reading. They are laid out into chapters that make it easier to read in small chunks. You can easily read a little and come back to it later with no issues whatsoever. My son mentioned that he would like to see maybe a few videos, as it would make it faster and more enjoyable to the user. It would also be nice to have an audio version for busy teens on the go.
Once you complete a class you have to take a quiz. Once the quiz is completed you finish the course. The quiz shows you a percentage, but will not show what question you got wrong or why. It would be nice to have a function that shows what the correct answer is and why.
They offer a wide variety of classes that are all interesting and relevant in today’s world. A membership to Illumenedge18 is only $40 and you can access all the courses that they have to offer at any time. I would recommend this to any busy parents who could use a little help guiding their teens through tough topics and even simple things that you may forget to teach them. It really does help lighten the load of all of those things that you know you need to go over with your kids before they leave the house! This would also be a great addition to an highschool elective course on life skills.