Another reason why your online high school student might not be talking to you is if they are struggling with school. Whether the school struggles involve their course load or social life, both can impact their attitude.
Those struggling with academics can experience more frustration with school than their peers. Teenagers may feel like they are falling behind or consider themselves “not smart enough.” The fact of the matter is, homework in high school gets more intense and grades are important factors in college and future planning. That reality can cause feelings of pressure, insecurity, and anxiety.
For those experiencing social life worries such as difficulties making friends or dealing with cliques, their confidence may be affected. Low self-esteem can result in isolation and feeling as though they need to avoid social interactions that were previously enjoyable.
When the social and academic aspects of school become stressful, personal life can be impacted as well. After their classes for the day conclude, your teen may want to be alone to process their emotions. To add, when feeling overwhelmed, silence could be one of the only ways they know how to cope.
By playing an active role in their education—whether that is supporting homework expectations, offering help with studying, or checking in frequently, you can help your teenager become comfortable with communicating with you.