In the news all we see is another scenario of another child getting bullied by their peers. Kids nowadays get bullied for different reasons. For example: they look different than the rest of the kids, they wear their clothes different, or they have other interests. Unfortunately, this is becoming a huge issue and in is causing more kids to decide to be homeschooled. But, does homeschooling affect their social life?
Negative and positive effects
One study suggests that homeschool has a positive effect of a student. They are not exposed to the negative impacts we see in the schools. For example: drug use, peer pressure, violence, etc. They are secluded from the every day task of waking up, going to school, and facing the school age life. Unfortunately, another study demonstrates the negative impact that homeschools can affect the social life. Homeschooled students have less friends than your average student and way less social interaction. This demonstrates loneliness and in the long run social isolation. Although students run the risk of being bullied on a daily basis, it is important that they still have the interaction with their friends.
How can your child become socially homeschooled?
Many parents are afraid of the idea of their child being home all day and not getting any type of social interaction. But with the following steps, it can make homeschooling a little more tolerable and make the transition from school to being taught at home a lot smoother:
1. Try to have your child involved in other activities. If they have a certain interest with a sport or team, buy tickets to a game or enroll them in a sport.
2. Have your child meet other homeschoolers. Students at home have a more flexible schedule than the regular school student.
3. Create a study group with all the people that are studying the same subjects.
4. Keep in touch with old friends. Have your child’s school friends come over and spend time with your child or create weekend plans.
Having your child homeschooled is a very important decision that everyone needs to be on the same page about. If you want your child to be homeschool but he/she
doesn’t agree, sit with them and explain to them the good and bad. Or, if your child comes home saying he/she wants to be homeschooled, ask what is the reason they no longer want to be going to school. A lot of the times it can be that a student is bullying them and they no longer want to keep confronting them. Most importantly, maintain an excellent communication with your child.