Getting things together for back to school is stressful enough, but add a pandemic along with it and that is a whole new level of stress. Worrying about your child’s safety, how they are going to handle online schooling, and so many other concerns, is probably all you’re thinking about as the first day of school approaches. So whether or not your local school district is doing some in-person instruction or all online, these resources will help you and your family navigate this time of uncertainty. 

Staying Safe During Online Schooling 

The internet can be a wonderful place for children to learn. With endless resources and new programs that help them take their lessons beyond traditional learning, online education is becoming more popular. Especially now, since the majority of the schools in North Carolina are going digital. But with all these positive aspects, it also can be dangerous. From cyberbullies to computer viruses, the internet has its fair share of problems. Which is why now is a great time to go over and review internet safety with you child before online schooling starts. UNICEF does a great job of giving tips on teaching and talking to your child on the importance of online safety. 

Safety for In-Person Instruction 

While some school systems are moving to all online, there are still some who are doing partial in-person instruction. While this may change, it is still important to be prepared! So knowing some tips on how to keep your child healthy while returning to in-person instruction is key. Which is why we recommend reading this article from Francisan Health. It goes in-depth on how you can help prepare your kids for their return to school. From encouraging them to start practicing wearing their mask for long periods of time, to how to properly wash their hands, practicing these healthy habits can help make the difference. 

Overall Support 

Overall this time can be overwhelming for both you and your family. So it’s important that everyone is getting all the support and care they need during this difficult time. UNICEF does a great job in this article discussing different ways you can help support your child and their mental health during this time. Also, USA Today posted a great article about different ways you can help create a positive at home learning environment. 

Therapy Options

In addition to these resources we also encourage therapy. Having someone you and family can talk to during this time of transitioning can really make a difference. Here at Mathews Counseling we are here to help  you through this time!

At Mathews Counseling, all of our therapists are highly qualified with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health field, licensed by a state board, and experienced in the areas listed on their bios. We are sure there are a number of other questions you may have with regards to starting therapy and we are happy to answer any of them. 

 

 

 

 

 

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