The Covid-19 pandemic, which caused many changes in our daily life in our country as well as in the world, completely changed the education system, and distance education was started in March.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which caused many changes in our daily life in our country as well as in the world, completely changed the education system, and distance education was started in March. The new era in education will be opened 'remotely'. Because, as a precaution against the Covid-19 infection, which continues at full speed, the class bell in schools will ring primarily 'remotely' on August 31. So, what should be considered in order for children, who are in the comfort of the summer period, to provide the necessary discipline in distance education and to be successful in distance education?
Acıbadem University Atakent Hospital Clinical Psychologist Cansu İvecen, With the new academic year, he explained what parents should pay attention to in order to better manage the online education process and support their children, and made important warnings and suggestions.
Limit mobile phone
First of all, children need routine according to their age group. With the pandemic, our children may have formed new and different habits that will negatively affect their cognitive development, such as the increase in the frequency of phone use during the holiday period and the increase in time spent with the tablet. For this reason, some children may have difficulty adapting to the online education process and may have difficulty focusing. It is necessary to limit this habit by the parents and to ensure the continuity of these uses in the home as well as during the face-to-face education process.
Let them share their feelings
The fact that children attended school during the face-to-face education process was important for their social and emotional development. Staying away from the peer group during this process can lead to various emotional problems. At this point, it will be useful to understand the emotion of the child and reflect this feeling to him. Otherwise, the child, who is not understood during the process, will lose motivation and interest in the lesson as he will experience different problems emotionally.
Give confidence with your conversations and actions
The fact that the time spent at home has increased with the holiday in the online education process and this process will continue without face-to-face education may cause children to think that the holiday is continuing. Therefore, the child may have difficulty adapting to the online education process. At this point, he should explain why the education and training process should continue like this in accordance with the age group of the child by showing examples of different precaution methods taken in different sectors, and if there is any negative affect such as anxiety, anxiety, unwillingness about the online course process, it should be discussed and confidence should be given.
Build a collaboration
As in the face-to-face education process, it is necessary to help children who cannot organize at the point of studying, have difficulties and need support at this point by creating a work order and plan in the online education process. Within the plan and order, giving positive feedback and encouraging each behavior that the child can perform will contribute to the acceleration of the adaptation process to the plan.
Pay attention to sleep and diet
Clinical Psychologist Cansu İvecen “It is important for children to get enough sleep and not to miss the nutritional meal in order to ensure the attention and continuity of the lesson. The child should be sure that these needs are met before the lesson, and it is necessary to encourage them to sit as ready for the lesson as possible during this process. For this reason, if we have children whose sleeping patterns and eating patterns and hours are different, it will be useful to determine certain time periods to sleep and have breakfast ”.
Pay attention to these in the work environment!
In order for the child not to be distracted during the online education process, just like in the school environment, the working place should be determined, there should be a work table, there should be no distracting elements on the table, wall, etc. . In addition, there should be a separate room suitable for the working environment, if there is a younger sibling in the house that can distract the child in conditions where a different room is not available, it should be located in a different place from the education environment and families should not carry out various home activities while the education is taking place.
Do not let your mobile phone be used during breaks
During breaks, they should not use tools such as phones and tablets that will reduce the child's attention and interest in the lesson. Instead, as in the school environment, they should act and be encouraged to do so within this time frame, meet their physiological needs, if any, and sit back at the course.
It is important for parents to support their children in following the lessons and do homework, and to encourage them when they do not understand. Negative attitudes such as criticizing, comparing or raising a voice at points that the child does not understand and cannot do will cause a feeling of failure, and will affect the course process negatively.
Do family activities at home
Increasing and programming activities that can be done in the family is important for the social and emotional development of our children who are separated from the peer group during this period. At this point, in line with the joint decision of the child and the parent, planning the activities they can do in the house and determining their time, creating a routine in this sense in the home and contributing to the positive development of family relations.
Act in accordance with your child's learning style!
Clinical Psychologist Cansu İvecen “All parents should evaluate their child's academic level accurately and realistically and reduce their expectations to their child's level. The interest and desire of children in the lesson is affected by the difference in learning style. At such points, acting appropriately by recognizing the learning style of your child and giving encouragement by appreciating the effort will enable the learning motivation in this process to increase ”.