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Kids are so ‘over’ ZOOM and here’s what to do about it.

Written by on May 15, 2020

Article Published on Friday May 15, 2020 12:56 PM by

Kids are so ‘over’ ZOOM and here’s what to do about it.

Video calls can be a harsh reminder of the sudden changes in your child’s life.

A thought provoking article by Catherine Pearson at The Huffington Post – with some useful tips on how you can re-engage your young person who may be showing a growing disinterest with school webinars and social meet-ups. Read the full article here

First, understand that they might just be really sad

I’ve noticed that my 5-year-old gets especially upset on the morning of his weekly full-class Google Hangout. It’s a sweet idea — they ask each other questions and sing some songs. Afterward he crashes, without fail. He’ll have a totally unrelated meltdown. Or pick a fight with his brother. Or just kind of sink into a crappy mood.

So don’t try to fix it

“Children have experienced a loss. This is really sad for them,” echoed Nermeen Dashoush, an assistant professor of early childhood education at Boston University and chief curriculum officer at MarcoPolo Learning. Don’t underestimate how difficult that is to cope with emotionally, she said.

Instead of trying to fix their sadness by setting up more online playdates, help give them the vocabulary they need to express their feelings — and be open to hearing about what they’re going through.

Give them some control over when they have video calls

Different teachers, classrooms, schools and districts have different expectations for what remote learning looks like, and what kind of daily schedules they’re setting. But if your kid is really pushing back against Zoom, it might be time to just give them a break.

Plan social calls with clear structure

If your kid is getting bored on Zoom calls with friends and family, it can be really helpful to give them a specific thing they’re going to do or talk about ahead of time. Maybe you have them play games with a friend, or have them cook a favorite recipe, suggested Scott. An older friend or relative might enjoy reading your kid a book. Maybe it’s a virtual dance party.

Remember, in a lot of ways this is even harder for kids than it is for adults

Adults had at least been following the COVID-19 news before everything shut down, but kids’ worlds changed in an instant.

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