4 Tips for Encouraging Your Online Student's Health
By Brandi Goodman
Online learning has become the norm in many parts of the world. For some, it's simply safer to stay at home and complete schoolwork via computer than going in-person at a school facility. Whether you already had an online student, or they've adopted the program due to COVID-19, it's important that you work to maintain your child's health. These tips can help.
Remind Them About Proper Posture
Sitting anywhere in the house and completing work may feel freeing, but it can also lead to pain. If your student tends to lay on their bed while they're working, or sit slouched on the couch with a laptop balanced on their knees, it's time to remind them about proper posture. The back especially can be impacted when your child is slouching or laying frequently. They need to sit up straight and keep their device at eye level if they want to exhibit proper posture and keep their spine aligned. Doing so will help keep pain at bay.
Gym class is offered in most school settings. Even if your student only gets the class once per week, they're still having a leg up compared to many online students who don't perform any physical activity. You should encourage your child to exercise throughout the day -- stretching at the very least. A body that sits for hours with little movement is not a healthy one. Even if you simply go outside and take a walk or bike ride together, it's important to get that exercise in.
Provide Nutritious Meals
The food your child eats also plays a role in their health. Allow them to eat junk food all day and consume a meal high in fat and calories, and they're bound to gain weight and feel unwell. This is even more true if they aren't exercising as they should. Provide nutritious meals (and snacks) so your kid has the fuel their body and brain require to be successful.
Be Involved in Their Work
Working online can be lonesome. Your child isn't at school surrounded by other students. They may not even have a teacher to check in with. Be involved in their work. Offer support, guidance, and help when they need it. Know what their assignments are and when they're due so you can help them stay on track. You could also look into online forums that allow your student to converse with others in the same situation. It gives them a sense of community and can help beat those lonely feelings at times.
Online school isn't all fun and games. Your student still has lots of work to accomplish and stressful assignments that can hinder their health. Make sure you're offering support and guidance and keeping them healthy so they are ready to learn to the best of their ability.
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