School #FromHome: Problems related to online education for parents and children

With classrooms closed and millions of children having to be raised at home, parents wonder how we can do that? If you ask yourself that question, you’re certainly not alone. Earlier this month we conducted a study into the problems of distance learning. We contacted 1,000 kindergarten parents in the United States through a group of 12 students and asked them to share their thoughts with us.

Our goal was to better understand the pressure parents feel and we wanted to know how we could help, even if only to a small extent, when children go to school online. That’s what my parents said:

School # FromHome: The Challenges of Online Learning for Parents and Children

Five key challenges

Whether they have kindergarten or high school students, parents feel the same pain. Right on the line, yeah:

1) Focus their children on schoolwork (instead of other online activities) – 50.31%.

2) Establishment of a daily routine – 49.26%.

3) Balance between domestic tasks and education – 41.83%.

4) Drawing up a wake-up and sleep plan – 33.40 percent.

5) Balance between domestic work and education – 33.31%.

In addition, indicators such as help in understanding the content to be conveyed (33.20%) and the reduction of anxiety and depression caused by real problems (31.58%) were also noted.

Best Level of difficulty in Class

However, there are nuances, depending on the class. Children who carry out tasks are classified in all classes as first or second grade, except kindergarten, third and twelfth grade. Instead, these parents cited establishing daily routines as their main concern. The second problem mentioned by kindergarten and third-degree students was the balance between domestic tasks and education.

The parents of the pupils in group 12 were the only ones who mentioned reducing anxiety and depression due to real problems as the second most important care measure, with 43%. This is a broad category, but it also includes general concerns about KOVID-19, sick family and friends, or separation from classmates. This is very understandable – the last year is a milestone and a leap forward in life, and it’s all due to the need to stay at home.

What equipment does a child use in?

Most parents who participated in our study reported that their children use a device that is already in the house. Some children may have their own device, or it may be a device that separates the family (which can lead to pressure from the family). A small percentage (15%) indicates that their children use a device specially purchased for home schooling. Meanwhile, only about 33% of parents report that their child has a device provided free of charge by the school.

What are they working on? Looks like a mix of different devices.

  • laptops – 62
  • tablets – 40
  • offices – 25
  • 2 in 1 Laptops – 15

Helping where we can

Different states, cities and schools have different responses to the need for home education, which means that the situation will be different for different families (or even children). What we all have in common is that we all learn to manage our day and learn at home under the most difficult circumstances.

With this in mind, we are producing a series of articles on #FromHome school, which we have written in collaboration with educators who are facing the same problems as you. Our goal is to provide you with specific tips and tools to make learning at home easier, while you decide what home learning will be like for your child and family. You can find these articles here on the McAfee blog.

Remains connected

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