With schools closed and exams cancelled, there are many ways you can help children to continue learning
as a rich source of information. If attention in your home classroom begins to flag, the organisation suggests trying a different activity to engage children, such as colouring books, puzzles or board games. (The British Psychological Society’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) notes that play is fundamental to the development and wellbeing of children of all ages.) Nicola adds that an online tutor can keep students on track with syllabuses and help fill in knowledge gaps.
The DECP advises that stress and anxiety in such a strange and unpredictable situation is normal, but that routine and structure help children feel secure in uncertain times.
Rolling news coverage access should be restricted, and your child should be reassured that it is the adults’ job to keep them safe. You should also help them maintain friendships through phone calls, online communication and letters (although Nicola warns that when social media fuels feelings of isolation and anxiety, it is negative for your child’s mental health).
As for young people with cancelled exams, DECP members advised parents and carers in March to tell them the Prime Minister has said they will get the qualifications they have worked for.
Above all, assure your child everything will work out in the end. Grades might be uncertain, but it’s health and happiness that are the most important things.
ABOVE: Set up an area where your child can work