The global education system never faced such a disruption as when the pandemic broke out. Getting used to a year-long drill of digital classes might have been a confusing ride for students at first. But eventually, it taught us the possibilities of having access to anything from anywhere at the sheer comfort of our home. And when you have that comfort, misguidance or mere carelessness could jeopardize the wellbeing and safety of children.
So how can students be safeguarded during online sessions? Here are a few pointers on how students can be guided and defended towards digital well-being:
Children are supposed to sit in their virtual classrooms under proper parental supervision. Parents should make sure to follow the instructions regarding classroom conductance as per the teacher’s advice.
Checking the credibility of online sources that children might use to refer to their subjects is very important. They might wander into undesirable web pages and fall into scams.
Make it a practice to create a strong and secure password to dodge hackers from sabotaging the system. This is a matter that should be carefully explained and dealt with.
Cyberbullying is another threat for children online, which is common too. Bullying should be identified and reported immediately to teachers and parents without any hesitation.
Students nowadays are also reported to experience anxiety shots pondering over the existing pandemic situations that restrict them from playing out, meeting friends, or engaging in any kind of social engagements at all. They fear that things might never get normal and a face-to-face classroom day is likely to happen on the first of never. Offering an attentive ear to all their stresses is all that takes.
Educators can organize amusing games, quizzes and celebrate important days and events to ease students from all the buzz going around.
Teachers should make it a priority to ask students about the clarity and comprehension of the subjects being taught. Leaving them unattended thinking that they might have understood the gist of all is a blunder in itself.
Our children are facing new challenges in their pursuit of higher education. A constructive approach towards digital learning and wellness is the only way to nurture and hone their intelligence, skills, and capabilities.