If your child is feeling emotional about recent school tragedies or they are afraid of school or going out to other crowded places they used to enjoy, here are some tips to help kids cope:·
- Remain calm. When parents are afraid, children become even more afraid. It’s okay to show emotions, but if you are feeling intense emotions, be sure to express those privately. You want to reassure them that they are safe.·
- Limit exposure to media. Violence in the media can increase feelings of fear.·
- Validate feelings. Create a safe space for kids to say how they are feeling, and encourage them to write, draw, or even spend extra time with their friends.·
- Develop a safety plan. We tend to feel safer when we can predict or control situations. While not everything is predictable, we can teach kids what to do in the event of an emergency (memorize phone numbers, addresses, call 911, etc.)·
- Get involved. Encourage kids to take appropriate action when they feel someone else’s emotional or physical safety is at risk. Teach them how to report and support others in those situations.
Our kids deserve to learn in a space that, for the most part, feels like their “happy place.” Online school provides a way for students to learn from a high-quality curriculum in the safety of their own homes with the support of their families, ensuring their school experience aligns with their family’s values.
Many families have chosen virtual education for their students at online schools like Connections Academy® as a way to ensure their child will be physically and emotionally safe while learning. The Connections Academy community welcomes and embraces students from all cultures and backgrounds, and prioritizes providing a safe learning environment free from bullying. Connections Academy students can collaborate and socialize with their peers online from the safety of their own homes.
All Connections Academy students benefit from the support of school counselors, who offer resources for mental health, college/career readiness, and social/emotional issues.
If you are interested in learning more about Connections Academy to see if it is right for your student, please join one of our information sessions.