FRIENDS MATTER DURING COVID-19
Students and children alike have practically had their social lives disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown, social distancing and quarantining. Although, the imposed regulations have been set in place for our protection. It is still essential for parents to ensure their children maintain a healthy balance of socializing with their peers on a daily basis just as they would if they were attending class.
Studies have found that friendships in childhood are often linked with higher self-esteems, communication skills, and the ability to navigate different social situations. Even though the pandemic may have prevented your child from socializing with classmates and friends in person, there are alternative ways for your child to develop friendships. In fact, digital friendship and virtual interaction is on the rise. More parents are taking the time to help orchestrate “Facetime Playdates”, which is a great benefit. Researchers have linked parental involvement in the facilitating of friends with increased social ability in children.
While it is highly recommended for parents to help with the coordination of virtual buddy dates, it’s also equally important for parents to encourage their children to take the initiative. Children can also personally reach out to their friends themselves. If parents always planned every playdate, it would hinder their child from taking the initiative to start relationships on their own. There are a variety of ways for your children to connect with friends such as through virtual recreational classes or collaborating to make a Tik Tok video. This year we have had the opportunity to get extremely creative with connecting and there are endless possibilities.