From uncertain future, attending online classes, exams and participating in activities virtually, children have been equally stressed by the burden of distant learning as much as the adults. The burden and learning schedule also made authorities devise a framework for remote learning, laying guidelines for the number of classes, and the maximum screentime for children.
It’s now pretty clear that online classes, much like work from home will go on for a foreseeable future. Students and teachers are only beginning to acquaint themselves with the routine and it is most difficult for the young ones.
A mom’s open letter, explaining exactly how difficult classes are for tiny tots is resonating with a lot of parents online.
Jana Coombs’ 5-year-old son, finding it hard to cope with remote learning actually broke down attending the classes. It was only when his parent walked into the room did she see her son wiping down his tears with the t-shirt.
While Jana is all supportive and full of praise for the teachers putting in efforts, she was taken aback when she saw her little boy in distress.
Her son, whose name hasn’t been revealed further broke down when his parents hugged him. Jana feels that her son crying was a sign of him venting out his anger, frustration and emotions.
She shared a photo of the emotional moment her son broke down on social media and now, the photo is resonating with parents online.
Explaining the struggles of online education, Coomb said the pandemic has been an incredibly hard time for the family, managing working from home, along with three other children- a young infant, a 2nd and 4th grader.
In an interview, Jana explained the reason behind her posting the photo on social media:
“I just took that picture because I wanted people to see reality. And then he came over and we hugged and I was crying right along with him,” she said. Juggling a household, having an infant in the house, getting 5,000 emails a day from all their teachers, trying to keep up … different apps, different codes, different platforms, some links don’t work. You’re running from one laptop to another.”
Coombs, much like many other parents also feel that education during the times of the pandemic will impact children’s social and interactive skills in the long run, especially the ones in nursery and pre-primary grades.
Indoor, remote learning can be a stressful task, but it’s also the safest way to learn right now. If you and your kids have been having a hard time dealing with the changes, here are some tips you can make use of:
1. Stick to a routine: Just like school time, setting a disciplined routine, from bedtime to playtime will help adjust to the new schedule.
2. Stay positive: Adapting to a new routine will take time. While parents and guardians have a supportive role to play, positive reinforcement and reward will keep kids’ spirits high and motivate them.
3. Set up a desk: Online classes may not have the regular classrooms but it doesn’t mean kids can learn from the bed, in their pyjamas. Ensuring focus, allocating a certain area at home without disturbance will create a better balanced online classroom.
4. Take care of screentime: Exposure to classes digitally can also strain your child’s vision. Too much screentime can be detrimental. Ensure that kids get regular gaps and breaks between classes, stretch their bodies and stay hydrated. This will also boost their concentration levels.
5. Check in with your kids: Kids need their parents’ support right now, more than ever. Talk to them, engage with them so that their mental health isn’t impacted.