The Social Effects of Distance Learning on Elemetary Students

Posted by: Elna Kerluke at 28/05/2023 4,497 views

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Due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a considerable transition from campus to learning from home. From the parents’ perspective, it will be challenging and sometimes frustrating to support kids to get used to online learning and take care of them all the time. It is essential, however, to walk in your kids’ shoes to learn more about their issues and help them to engage and still thrive through distance learning

In this article, we’ll look at the impacts of online learning on elementary students. Besides, there are several tips for parents to support their kids during these tough times.

Effects on Mental Well-being 

It is believed that many adults suffer the mental health issues such as depression, mental disorders, or anxiety due to financial difficulties, the lack of social connections, unemployment, and more. But many can dismiss kids’ mental health issues while kids are experiencing long-term semesters from home instead of face-to-face classes in the early years of schooling. 

Lack of social connections and person-to-person interactions

Not only are children equipped with valuable knowledge through books but they also have a great opportunity to learn social skills like collaboration activities, communication with their peers and teachers as well as develop social interactions. However, it will be difficult for them to start learning these things in front of a computer screen. 

If there is no guidance for kids on how to connect with others online, they may be vulnerable to feelings of isolation, loneliness and this can lead to losing their interest in learning.

Potential risks for anxiety and stress

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Students may be intimidated by the big differences between traditional classes with distance learning through learning methods, activities, or schedules. They will have to learn to use digital devices while many of us are struggling to get used to these new things because everything is done online. 

These difficulties which children are struggling with can make them frustrated, distracted, and so on. If these happen frequently, children are more likely to be depressed, nervous, and feel stressed with their studies. 

Effects on Physical Health

Vision Problems

Distance learning means that students spend most of their time during a day keeping their eyes glued to a computer screen. This is doing harm to their eyes and causes some eyesight problems. 

Lack of Physical Activities

Activities are still combined in each lesson to stimulate students’ engagement and improve their performance through learning online. However, it is obvious that they will not have a chance to join physical activities like in schools. Sitting in front of a computer will result in some issues such as obesity attributable to a sedentary lifestyle. 

Vitamin D and Calcium Deficiency

Distance learning can also lead to the lack of essential vitamins, especially vitamin D and calcium. In turn, children are easy to suffer injuries, even extensive injuries.

Effects on Academic Performance

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It is undeniable that teachers have been making a lot of effort in building online learning programs as well as organizing virtual activities and games to help students, especially elementary students, find it easier to participate in distance learning and improve the quality of online education. However, it will be difficult for elementary students to quickly get used to online learning at the beginning. 

Issues of Engagement

Many exciting games or activities can work in lessons when students are interested in participating, however, they sometimes have disruptions like poor internet connections, microphone or camera problems. As a result, they cannot be engaged in a game together with their classmates. 

Children can be easily distracted by the things around them or they feel shy to join a discussion or present their ideas during an online lesson. These could be major reasons for the lack of students’ engagement through online learning. 

Evaluating Learning

Distance learning will be very hard for teachers to keep track of student progress and students, especially elementary students can fall behind due to online learning. They will need more academic support from parents and teachers even after online classes

How to Make Distance Learning Effective for Elementary Students?

  • Parents and teachers need to make sure that children can know how to use tools for online learning so that they do not have any trouble during online lessons.
  • Extra help from other online resources is necessary for students to assist them with tutoring, writing, and more from prestigious websites Khan Academy, Ted-ed, etc. 
  • Accompanying and supporting your kids or students every time to make them feel motivated and keep wellness during lockdowns.

Conclusion

Learning online is not something you have to adapt to but it is an inevitable and imperative transition in the digital world. Both adults and students need to get used to connecting online and make use of the benefits of working and learning from home to make further steps. 

Understanding the social impact of distance learning will help us to have a thorough look at students’ issues, especially elementary students, and then take step by step to support them in academic performance as well as their wellness in the formative years. 
 

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