Parents bring social interaction back to online learning

A group of parents created a Facebook group for students who are online learning to connect with their peers.

This year many parents were faced with the decision to send their kids back to the classroom or have them learn from home. While it wasn’t an easy choice to make, some families knew the risk of sending their kid to school was just too high. With that adjustment came a lack of social interaction.

“We’re really trying to have those opportunities to have students keep those friendships going and to be connected with each other and be engaged. I  think that’s a really important part of their overall mental health,” Michelle Howell Smith said.

Michelle and a group of parents created a Facebook group called LNK Remote PTO, where they have multiple zoom calls every week to keep children connected with others.

“They have a ‘clue club’ where they have a story and a mystery each week where they have to decode things and solving riddles to rescue the princess,” Howell Smith said.

It offers multiple classes for every kids interest. Even times just for students to talk about their day, an important aspect they might miss from being home.

Although they can’t meet in person, it gives kids a chance to escape a classroom setting and interact with their peers. Parents know creating those friendships is vital for their children’s mental health.

“Does it replace being in school? Absolutely not but it certainly helps those of us who don’t feel comfortable sending our kids to school yet to know that we have a place for them to interact and have fun,” Howell Smith said.

If you’d like to join the Facebook Group, all you have to do is request to join and answer a few short questions.

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