How to Help Children Concentrate in Online Classes

Concentrating during online classes can be more difficult than in face-to-face classes. This is because being at home provides more distractions than being at school.
How to Help Children Concentrate in Online Classes

Last update: 09 June, 2021

These days many children are doing their classes online, mainly due to the exceptional circumstances we’ve been experiencing for the last year. This is posing a challenge for children who sometimes find it difficult to concentrate in their online classes.

Having to transfer educational activities to the digital realm has been a challenge for everyone. It hasn’t been and it still isn’t, easy to adapt to this type of teaching that many children are forced into. And we’re sure that many parents are worrying that their children aren’t concentrating in the same way as they would in a classroom.

Although this has meant a drastic change in teaching methods and in children’s routines, with a little help, we can all adapt to this new way of learning. Here are some tips for you.

A boy online.

Tips to help children concentrate in online classes

It’s true that children and teenagers find it harder to concentrate in their online classes than in face-to-face classes. In a physical class, there’s a teacher who can supervise them and give them a wake-up call if they become distracted. This isn’t the case with online classes, as the teacher can’t monitor everyone through a screen.

It’s also easier for them to get distracted at home, as they’re in their own environment, surrounded by all their belongings. This makes it even more difficult for them to concentrate. So, what can parents do to help their children concentrate in their online classes?

Establish routines

Even if the child or teenager isn’t going into school, it’s advisable for them to continue with their routines as if they were. They should keep the same bedtime and wake-up times, the same meal times, and the same playtimes, etc. Maintaining a schedule as similar as possible to the one they had when they attended school will help them to have a greater sense of normality.

However, there’s no need to worry if, from time to time, they find it difficult to keep their routine; we can be flexible at times. We mustn’t forget that children also need to clear their minds in order to resume their activities.

Helping children concentrate in online classes: be patient

This aspect will be key for parents. We must keep in mind that children have to adapt to this new way of teaching. Not everyone will get used to it as quickly; some will get used to it sooner and others later.

Although sometimes we may despair because we feel that they aren’t paying attention to their online classes, we should try to keep calm. Children follow our example, so we must be temperate; with patience and discipline, they’ll manage it.

Provide them with a good place to study

It’s very important that they’ve got a place that’s specially adapted for them to study in. Preferably a place with good light, with few distractions, with little noise, and with all the necessary material within their reach.

Helping children concentrate in online classes: avoid distractions

Try to ensure that there aren’t any objects that can distract them, and, if there are, then put them out of reach. We can highlight two types of distractions: internal and external.

  • External: noise, the presence of other people, television, and electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.).
  • Internal: hunger, thirst, tiredness, stress, thoughts, worries.

Logically, external distractions are easier to control than internal ones. However, by sleeping enough, they’ll avoid fatigue. Eating five meals a day will prevent hunger. Also, ensure that they’ve got a bottle of water nearby to quench their thirst.

More tips to help children concentrate in online classes

A girl online.

Take regular breaks

The normal time span for concentration ranges from 20 to 45 minutes. With this in mind, they can take short breaks after they’ve been concentrating for a while.

Establish a time for rest

Within their schedule of educational activities, we must also leave aside time for rest and leisure. We have to give them that time of disconnection to enjoy a book, a movie, family games, a walk, or any other activity that they enjoy. This will also help them to be more focused when they return to their homework.

Promote active learning

Show them that they’re capable of taking responsibility for their homework independently, as well as taking charge of their activities and materials. We can encourage them to look for different solutions to the problems they may face.

It’s also very important to encourage them to ask their teacher if they’ve got any questions or when something explained online isn’t clear.

Encourage them to participate with their opinions and ideas in the online classes whenever the teacher asks. In this way, the sessions will also be more enjoyable.

In summary

These tips should help your children concentrate in their online classes, although we’re sure that you’ll also have some other great tips that have worked for you. The important thing here is to be patient and motivate your children to enjoy their learning, no matter how they do it.

Something else we mustn’t forget is that, as parents, we should give a good example to our children and, if we’re focused, they probably will be too. It’s important that we don’t let stress take over our lives at this time, because, even if we don’t want it to, our attitude affects our children.

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