The coronavirus pandemic has undeniably been hugely challenging for people across the globe, in different ways. Some of us have lost loved ones, some of us have been made unemployed, some of us of lost our businesses and children have missed out on an education they deserve. While teachers are trying their best to ensure children are still able to learn, there’s still a strong sense of isolation and lack of motivation amongst many students.
Lockdown restrictions mean that children are not able to socialise and blow off some steam in the same way that they used to. Ensuring your child remains connected during the pandemic, which seems to be showing no signs of slowing down just yet, is an important job for parents. Read on for some advice from an independent school in Hampshire.
Video calls are a great way to connect with family and friends during this time. Perhaps you could get in touch with some of the parents of your child’s friends and arrange a virtual playdate over Zoom or FaceTime. Older children might enjoy something like a pop-culture quiz with their friends, in which the winner receives a prize.
There are lots of video games, like Fifa or Fortnite, and smartphone apps that enable social interaction. However, be sure to check the age rating. While you may not want to encourage your child to spend hours on end playing on digital devices, it’s a great way for them to keep in touch with their friends and have some fun in the process.
Another option is a movie night. Netflix Party is a fairly new system that allows people to watch movies with other people from a different household by synchronising video playback. You’ll have to pay for a monthly subscription, but it will allow your child to send instant messages to their friends so that they can discuss the film.