How to help my son in his virtual classes?

Virtual classes are an increasingly widespread reality, although it can be difficult for children to adapt. Find out how to help your child in the process.

Written and verified by the psychologist Elena Sanz on 02 November, 2021.

Last update: 02 November, 2021

Education has been for a long time on-line it became an interesting alternative, especially in the form of reinforcement classes. However, following the global health crisis of the coronavirus, this type of teaching has become widespread. Therefore, discover some tips on how to help your child in their virtual classes.

Today’s children are digital natives, they move with ease through new technologies and they enjoy them. However, this does not imply that transferring the teaching-learning process to the virtual world does not pose a challenge for them. In order to facilitate the task, parents can implement a series of guidelines that we show you below.

Benefits of virtual classes

Online classes require accompaniment from parents.

Probably in recent months you have been able to experience for yourself what it means for your children to access virtual education. Still, it is good to remember some of its main benefits, whether formal education is carried out in this way or is used to take courses or extracurricular classes.

  • Virtual classes constitute an attractive alternative for children, since new technologies are their natural habitat. This can motivate them to attend and perform their exercises.
  • They promote technological learning. There is no doubt that, in addition to enjoying themselves, the minors acquire knowledge and fluency in the use of computers and electronic devices.
  • They favor autonomy and responsibility of children, since supervision during classes is less. They are the ones who have to organize, attend and solve the day to day. Although they have the close presence of parents and their help, they are more independent when it comes to taking responsibility for their tasks.
  • Increase concentrationespecially in those children who were distracted by the stimulating social environment of the classroom. Finding yourself now sitting alone in your own space can help you focus your attention. However, for another group of children this can work just the opposite and lead them to become distracted due to lack of supervision.

How to help your child in his virtual classes?

To help your child get the most out of their virtual classes and avoid inconveniences, we show you some guidelines that you can implement.

Appropriate space

Help him find an appropriate space in the house in which to take his classes. East it should be light and airy, and have a large enough table or desk as to arrange all the necessary materials.

In addition, it is important that you allow some privacy and isolation from the noises and distractions of the home; and, if possible, that it is not the child’s bedroom, since it is preferable to reserve this space for rest.

Regular schedule and routines

Taking the classes virtually does not mean that some basics like hygiene or routines should be neglected. Getting up and sitting immediately at the computer in pajamas is not appropriate. A) Yes, Make sure that your child follows the usual schedules, that he eats breakfast, dresses and cleans up before starting.

Routines help children stay focused and feel like school is going on.

Supervision and autonomy

While your son takes his classes on-line, you can supervise that he is not distracted and does not have any problems, but it is necessary that you allow and encourage some autonomy. Don’t be constantly on top of him. In the same way, try to make him take responsibility for his duties and tasks and, even if you help him, do not do them for him.

You are not his teacher, but you can guide him

In relation to the above, it is possible that your child may have doubts about some subjects and having a more complicated access to the teacher will not be able to solve them. A) Yes, tries to guide you in this regard, as well as in relation to the use of the computer or the tablet to follow their classes. But remember that you are not his teacher and that he should always turn to the teacher for major questions.

Time for everything

Although the classes are conducted in a on-line, the minor must attend with the same rigor as they would in person. That is You must be clear that this moment is to attend and learn, and that later you will have time to play, socialize and carry out other activities. The family must also respect this time and not interrupt the child.

Active breaks

When a child attends school in person, they have small moments of relaxation between classes in which they can relax and socialize with their classmates.

At home, it is also important that these occur breaks, during which they can take the opportunity to hydrate, eat something or do some kind of activity. Active breaks (in which a choreography or some other type of physical exercise is performed) can be especially beneficial and fun to do as a family.

Other tips to help your child in their virtual classes

In addition to the above recommendations, do not forget to take into account the following aspects:

  • Planning. You can help your child to remember the tasks, the deliveries and the tasks that he has to do each day by creating a calendar together that you can refer to. In this way, responsibility and autonomy are fostered.
  • Motivation. For minors it can be boring and demotivating to take classes alone at home, so will need the support, reinforcement and encouragement of parents.
  • Monitor your child’s use of technology. This is, on the one hand, try not to have a mobile phone during class hours and, on the other, don’t leave him alone using the devices; stay close even if you don’t intervene.

In short, helping your child in his virtual classes requires, on your part, opening up to know and understand this new type of teaching. Adaptation is a joint work of teachers, students and families, so collaboration will always be the best strategy. If approached properly, the online alternative can be an excellent solution in many contexts.

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