HELPING YOUR CHILD CONNECT WITH FRIENDS DURING THE PANDEMIC

  

Socialisation for children is an important aspect of their overall development; at can keep their spirits high, boost their confidence and generally just allow them to develop their sense of self.


 Unfortunately, during the global pandemic, social interactions are being kept to a minimum, which is taking its toll on mental health all around the world. 


With that said, it’s important for parents to find safe ways for their children to connect with people outside of their household as explored below by an independent school in Wales.

 

Virtual playdates are a great place to start. Get in touch with the parents of your child’s friends to arrange a video call for your kids.


 There are lots of platforms you can use to make this happen, including Zoom, Skype or FaceTime, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting set-up. 


They might find the experience a little awkward, so you could prepare some sort of game or quiz so that they feel more inclined to get involved. Make sure there’s a prize at the end!

 

Another option for your kids is a movie night. Netflix have recently brought out a system called Netflix Party which basically allows people to synchronise their video playback from different locations so that they can watch a movie at exactly the same time.



 There’s a chat function which will let your child and their friend message one another to discuss what’s going on in the film.

 

You could encourage your child to communicate the old-fashioned way by writing a letter to their friends, which you could mail out or hand deliver. 


They will find it exciting waiting for a response in the post and they’ll be able to keep the letters in a memory box so they can reminisce in the future. The process will teach your child how to write on an envelope and will help them improve their handwriting.

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