Giving Compass’ Take:
• Siobhan Neela-Stock goes over the effects of remote learning burnout on kids in school, offering tips for how parents can deal with it wisely.
• What resources, information, and support do parents need in order to help their children? What can you do to support equitable access to remote learning resources?
Remote learning has children tethered to their screens. And while necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus, all this screen time can cause an unfortunate side effect in kids: remote learning burnout.
Broadly, burnout is defined as a lack of motivation or energy due to stress or exhaustion. It can be characterized by low morale, anger, irritability, anxiety, lack of focus, and trouble problem solving.
For Dr. David Anderson, who treats children and adolescents with ADHD and other behavioral disorders at the Child Mind Institute, it’s not surprising that children experience burnout from remote learning. The nonprofit provides clinical care for children, teens, and young adults struggling with mental health conditions and learning disorders.
“Schools are set up to provide in-person support for a lot of kids with learning challenges,” says Anderson. “But for a kid who’s really distractible, who can’t seem to sit still or stay in their seat… the digital format isn’t adapted to provide this support.”
If you’ve tried to make the situation better for your kid yet they still complain about remote learning, don’t force them to like it, says Anderson. Instead, recognize their feelings to help them validate their stress. You can say something like “I see how hard this is on you. Let’s think of solutions to make it easier.”
Ultimately, remember that your relationship with your child is also important. While you want your child to learn, you don’t want them to blame you for having to log on, thus damaging your relationship. You also want to protect your own mental health. If you’re having constant fights over logging on, try seeking outside help by talking to your kid’s teacher about ways to make the experience more bearable.
Read the full article about remote learning burnout by Siobhan Neela-Stock at Mashable.
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