Why did you do it? I told you not to… God! What are people going to think??
Why are you so stubborn?? Are you even listening to me??
I just told you… Why can’t you remember??
Yeah.. this may be something that you regularly hear in homes with kids. No matter what their ages are.
Come to think of it? It’s not really the kid’s fault. The current situation has quite literally chained them up and left them with little to no access to other people, specifically kids their own age. So, naturally, their social skills have gone for a toss!
Social skills are just as essential as reading, writing, or math, maybe even more important for that matter!
“Social skills enable an individual to have and maintain positive interactions with others, sustaining friendships and resolving conflicts.”
These skills can help your kids build positive relationships and maintain them, thereby helping them boost their self-confidence, academic lives, and personal lives. And like Rome, it is not built in a day!!!
It will take a lot of time, effort, and a lot of practice to get to a level where you can be emotionally successful. Hence as a parent, it is your duty as a parent to nurture and hone these skills in your child and encourage them to develop them so they can grow up as mature and well-rounded individuals.
So let us look at how we can develop these skills among children during online school.
Tips to follow to help children learn social skills during online school
- Schedule regular play-dates with friends and classmates
Playdates, even the online ones, can help enhance your child’s mental health and help maintain positive connections with other kids and adults they often interact with.
- Have meaningful and intentional communication with each other
The pandemic has left all of us, parents and kids, very vulnerable, be it anger, grief, anxiety, frustration. A meaningful conversation can help a great deal in overcoming these minor hold-ups and encourage more to and fro communication between parents and children.
- Teach them about emotions
Your child must learn how to identify emotions so they can read people and express themselves more effectively.
- Conduct video calls with friends and family members
Staying in touch with friends and family can help your kid pick up on social cues and learn to read and respond to other people’s emotions.
- Play more games
It is true when they say that kids learn (and retain) best while playing. Games and play tome for kids, even with online schools, can help them understand and learn how to behave around other kids and adults. Also read, How to make homeschooling fun
- Encourage sharing and cooperation among each other
Now, social skills do not only mean getting your kid to talk. It means getting them to cooperate and share with others, which will help maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.
- Teach them the importance of listening
Listening is an integral part of communication, and kids should be taught to listen right from a young age. They need to understand that people will only listen to them if they believe they are being heard.
- Inform them of the concept of personal space and boundaries
Every child needs to understand the idea of boundaries and personal space. It is second nature for kids to be demanding or parents being too busy, leaving the kids feeling ignore or left out. This, in turn, affects their mental health. So, teaching them about respecting boundaries and personal space can help them in the long run.
So, there you have it!
Social skills should not be too much of a hindrance during virtual learning. Give it some time and try out some of these tips to help kids develop socially and emotionally even if they are stuck at home and glued to their devices. Don’t worry. The pandemic will be over soon enough, schools will reopen, and our kids will be all set to go back and strengthen their skills and abilities to succeed in all that life throws at them.
Hope you found these tips to teach kids social skills during online school helpful. Do let us know in the comments below how you are managing your kids in this phase.
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September 28, 2021 at 6:14 pm
talking about emotions is indeed very important. This is a reminder.
September 29, 2021 at 12:35 pm
really great tips, I can relate to your post.
September 29, 2021 at 1:36 pm
Such a useful post. I definitely need this, my daughter is 4, and she need to learn this skills.
September 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm
While the initial lockdown months were good as we moved to our hometown, after a while it become difficult for my daughter. Luckily for her not being in a metro city, swimming pools opened up and her trianing resumed. So, she was able to meet and make new friends. The ideas you have shared are apt
September 29, 2021 at 3:45 pm
The pandemic has been hard on kids. They were cut off from other kids their age. Great pointers to help them develop social skills online.
September 29, 2021 at 4:07 pm
Well written, these are all mandatory skills and we need to be mindfully make them learn while they study from home.
September 29, 2021 at 4:43 pm
This is a very important post. One thing the online school is unable to teach is social skills. You have shared some really good tips for parents to implement.
September 29, 2021 at 5:22 pm
I have worried so much about social interaction of my children during the pandemic, my sons almost shut themselves out of world, too scared to go out and mingle. Thankfully with the schools now open it is better.
I am surely going to try some of these tips!
September 29, 2021 at 6:16 pm
This is such a useful post for the times, Deepa. Many children have become withdrawn socially and as educators, we are trying to bring them out of their shells in different ways. Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips with us.
September 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Great tips, Deepa. No doubt, this whole pandemic and the virtual learning scenario has left kids with a disadvantage when it comes to social skills. But yes, these tips can definitely help in teaching these skills even during the online school.
September 29, 2021 at 10:37 pm
Excellent tips, Deepa. This would be extremely useful for parents who want to work on their kids developing social skills.
September 29, 2021 at 11:03 pm
It is a very nice post. It is surely challenging for us as parents to help in our kids social development. You have shared very good pointers.
September 29, 2021 at 11:40 pm
This is such a useful post for the times.Many children have become withdrawn socially. Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips with us.
September 30, 2021 at 12:12 pm
I love how you have said “intentional” conversation. It’s so important to put your entire focus when talking to a child.
September 30, 2021 at 2:35 pm
I agree due to this pandemic social skills have gone for a toss. Small talks, initiation are some key things which needs to be developed
September 30, 2021 at 4:35 pm
thanks for sharing these amazing tips, many mothers would be benefitted with your post. great job.
September 30, 2021 at 4:59 pm
These social skills are really important in today’s learning world. Communicating even after school is very importnat to build that unique relationship with your friends.
September 30, 2021 at 6:02 pm
Loved this list and the skill of listening gets all the other skills of life together for the best.
September 30, 2021 at 7:43 pm
I think I have been brought up in the similar way as stated by your pointers. So, have implemented all the above. Thankfully.
September 30, 2021 at 11:25 pm
Absolutely true specially during this pandemic when social contact was lost its important to teach kids the relevance of these relationships. Well written
October 1, 2021 at 12:21 am
Pandemic has left us all frustrated. These are some good tips u have mentioned to improve kids social skills during this time.
October 1, 2021 at 1:06 am
Talking about emotions and understanding others ks very important. Play dates definitely help.
October 1, 2021 at 9:13 am
You echoed my thoughts Deepa, I can see that frustration in my kids when he feel socially left out. Indeed a very useful post.
October 1, 2021 at 11:07 pm
Agree social skills are as important as other skills. Great pointers shared to develop these skills at home.
October 1, 2021 at 11:26 pm
The pandemic has been most harsh on kids. A very helpful post with great practical pointers that can enhance social skills among the kids.
October 2, 2021 at 12:34 pm
I have started online schooling this year, with all the wealth I gathered while reading multiple posts and articles it was helpful. Now when I read this one, I was just nodding in acceptance, once you experience you still have your learnings.
October 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm
Indeed kids really need to understand social skills as they are tgese all time busy with mobiles. Perfect pointers.
October 2, 2021 at 10:31 pm
Social skills are very important yet neglected skills while focusing on teaching them. Your suggestions are really helpful.
October 3, 2021 at 10:23 pm
Emotions, giving them more time, listening to them are very valuable, with more parents not yet Fully ready to send children back to physical school, I think homeschooling is here to stay for sometime and these are very useful tips..
October 7, 2021 at 10:10 pm
Online Schooling is a way of life for some more time. These social skills will be a saviour for kids and parents alike.
October 8, 2021 at 12:26 am
Thus us very useful Post.
October 8, 2021 at 7:31 pm
Excellent. It’s very important to grow the next generation in a healthy and responsible environment so that ran one becomes a strong and unbiased pillar of the society this building a stronger society and nation and ultimately this world.
October 9, 2021 at 2:57 am
Such an important post. Glad someone addressed the need for this because online learning is so different from how the previous generations learned and interacted with each other
October 9, 2021 at 4:57 pm
Tough times need some change of tactics. You have shared some really great ways to teach social skills to kids for online classes. But I feel sorry for the kids as well. They have no social interaction in real life nd virtual can never match up to that.
October 10, 2021 at 1:29 pm
These are some really handy tips specially regular play dates. I think even if they are playing together on regular basis then also social skills are being developed.
October 12, 2021 at 10:23 pm
I cannot agree more. Toddlers and online classes were a challenge. But with constant telling and explaning them, they would listen up. and play dates with class friends is a good idea
October 16, 2021 at 9:49 am
This is such an important post in these times, Deepa. Bookmarking this one as it applies to children, teens, young adults, and even adults. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 #MyFriendAlexa #TinasPicks