Distance Learning: How to Help Your Child Stay Focused and Engaged

Ever since the breakout of the coronavirus, when almost all countries closed their borders and businesses, including learning institutions, had to shut down, distance learning became the main option for parents and their children. But although this setup comes with several advantages, it also has its downsides. One of which is keeping the students focused and engaged.

Let’s admit it, parents; a lot of us notice that our kids are also having a hard time, especially the young ones. The truth is, even savvy adult learners may lose their focus due to several reasons.

Below are things that you can do to help your child stay focused and engaged when attending their online class:

Provide Your Child With a Learning Space

writingRight now, many students are learning full-time from home. And if your kid is one of them, it is essential that you provide him or her with a learning space, a special place where he can sit and attend his online classes as well as do his homework.

Pick a quiet spot in your house and remove all possible distractions. Keep it clean and organized as well. Having a clutter-free study area will surely help your child focus.

Understand Screen Time

For young children, it would be very hard to explain what ‘screen time’ is. But as a parent, you need to help them understand that they can’t be on their gadgets all the time. At first, students tend to show enthusiasm towards distance learning, but this fades away. So to avoid this, you need to limit the screen time of your kids. You can give them a written exercise or perhaps have them read their books and answer the exercises.

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Create a Schedule and Stick to It

Most schools give their students a schedule as to when they should be attending their virtual classes. So as a parent, you have to see to it that your child is following the schedule. Even though he is studying from home, you should still have him take a shower in the morning and dress up like he is really going to school. He can also have a break from time to time.

Allow Time for Exercise

Regardless of the age of your child, you should allow time for exercise as this will surely help him be more active in his virtual class. Even simple exercises will do the trick.


Eliminate Distractions

When it’s time for your child to go online, make sure that there are no distractions. Turn the TV off and avoid playing loud music. This way, your kid can focus.