Colleges and school districts were forced to utilize online learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The shift towards online learning has implications for the health and education of students. The first implication is that students might not have access to the counseling and support they need. It is critical to remain in touch with students to ensure they are okay.
Secondly, students might feel more isolated due to the social distancing measures that were implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19. It is critical to allow students to engage with their friends through applications like Facetime and Skype. Lastly, it is important to keep track of cyberbullying threats because they will increase with the shift to online communication and interactions.
It's important for guidance counselors to still maintain contact with their students during this period of remote learning.
Be patient with students if they are frustrated with the lack of in-person learning and socialization during the school day.
To prevent cyberbullying, set expectations early for parents and students regarding respectful online behavior.
"Here are three important considerations, followed by my suggestions. I welcome your own ideas; we’re all in this together and our foresight and preventive efforts may do a world of good in safeguarding not just the physical health of the students under our care, but also their emotional and psychological health."