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The Catholic News has been looking at the impact of virtual learning on the different groups involved. You can see the previous articles: “In the new normal, teachers being schooled” and “Virtual learning – Parents’ perspectives”

This week we got feedback from students in both primary and secondary Catholic schools, as well as university students.

For the primary school pupils and secondary school students, their face-to-face interactions with friends is understandably an absence that is felt. Seeing their friends on Zoom, said one child, makes them somehow feel that they are not real. For the tertiary-level students interviewed, the hands-on approach is the major area that makes virtual learning less than ideal.
It is necessary as parents and teachers, given the absence of peer-group interaction, that the mental wellbeing of our children take priority.  Be easy on them, check in on them regularly, and for parents of teenagers who can easily become closed off, drag them out! What new daily ritual in your home have you added to help alleviate the isolation and stress your children may be feeling?

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