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How to help your distance learner maintain their friendships

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Communication is key. If held onto, our relationships can guide us into even the most unrelated circumstances. If developed younger, there's more room for stronger development over time.

Distance learning has performed greatly in the aspect of filling the void of in-person education as a result of the pandemic; however, distance learning has directly blocked students from in-person, communication-based growth.

Meeting people is an undermentioned merit of education. When asked to reflect, 88% of professionals consider networking to be a critical component to a thriving career.

Yet, Zoom calls aren't cutting it. While we cannot control the performance of distance learning, we can control its influence on its learners. 69% of students no longer have regular access to their classmates, friends, and network.

We're not ourselves under social deprivation. While it's easy to slip into reclusion under distance learning, there are creative solutions to avoid it.

Using modern technology, here are the best ways I've found to help your kid keep in touch with their peers while away from school.

  1. Suggest your kids' friends go to a concert on Soundtrap.

    1. Soundtrap is an app that can be used to create music and collaborate with others in real time. Events like concerts, open mics, and speeches can be streamed & still experienced as a group.

  2. Encourage your child to join an Unmasked support group.

    1. Unmasked was created by Dartmouth students to facilitate anonymous peer mental health support.

    2. 52% of students feel anxious about their displaced education and loss of normalcy since the pandemic. Strongly consider your child implementing this into their distance learning routine.

Since utilization of remote communication tools spiked, platforms like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Survey Maker, and Zoom can be used to benefit the social needs of students. Here's how:

  • Google Classroom can be used for students to collaborate on projects.

  • Microsoft Teams has an easy-to-use interface that can be used for team-oriented game nights with friends.

  • Survey Maker opens communication by allowing students to get survey-feedback from peers for group projects.

  • Zoom is widely versatile. Consider planning Zoom play-dates with your students' friends, or virtual hang-out sessions for your teens.

Using platforms that are traditionally used for education instead for socialization can go a long way for students. While your young ones may enjoy techy hacks to socialization, your teens may enjoy more real-world experiences.

Ask your child their opinions on Greek life. 85% of Fortune 500 executives are fraternity members, and Greek Students have reported feeling happier and more engaged at work. Furthermore, student organizations are a great place to hone lifelong skills, such as leadership roles, communication skills, service, and teamwork.

Here are more tips to help your learners:



By using technology, we can help distance learners maintain their friendships. What have you been doing to help your kids stay in touch with their peers?

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