It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way students connect with their peers and, subsequently, their ability to make friends. Between shifting entirely to virtual schooling to navigating quarantine and dealing with feelings isolation—all while experiencing a major world health event—today’s students have had to deal with significant social changes. Simply put, new friends for kids can be tough to come by these days.
While some feel that virtual schooling is to blame, the online schools that have been around for years—like Connections Academy®—make socialization a priority for students. For many, online schools have been a great opportunity for the more shy or introverted students to approach making friends in a way that makes them feel more comfortable.
Even if your child struggles to make friends, regardless of the pandemic, there are helpful solutions and strategies for helping your child develop new friendships and revitalize old friendships.