Are you worried about your child returning to school? Watch this video.

by | Aug 24, 2020

Are you worried about your children returning to school? If so, you’re not alone, this year, the Back To School Survey by Barnardos revealed that 50% of parents are worried about sending their primary aged children back to school.

So if you’re worried about your child going back to school in September, then watch our brand new ‘returning to school’ video below, it will help to support you in opening up the conversation with your children and normalise any worries or concerns you may have.

After you’ve watched the video, make sure you make use of the talking points below too.

My child is worried about being separated from their friends at school. What can I say?

Explain that it’s normal to be feeling worried, and that it’s important to talk if we’re worried about anything at all. Explain that whilst it might feel strange to perhaps not be sitting close to our friends, that doesn’t mean that our friendship means anything less. Talk about creative ways that you can stay connected instead. You can also talk about the importance of listening to their teacher and following their instructions to keep other students at the school safe. You can also reassure your child that the new changes are there to keep us safe, they aren’t there to worry us.

2. My child is worried about being bullied when they return to school. What can I do?

With home learning taking place for a considerable amount of time this year, it’s possible that social dynamics and friendships may have changed. Students may be concerned about their friendships or perhaps a challenging interaction that they may have had online during lockdown. In our Anti-Bullying workshops for Primary Schools, we explain the importance of speaking up for ourselves and being clear in our communication. So explain to your child that certain things may be different in school, but they must still speak to a teacher or you if they are experiencing bullying. Explain that no matter what is going on, we still need to be kind and respectful to each other, and that it is never okay to bully others.

3. My child is feeling anxious about returning to school. What can I do?

If you notice that your child is feeling anxious, explain that it’s completely understandable and normal to be feeling that way. Tell them you are always there to listen, and offer a safe and supportive environment. If you can convey a reassuring manner, then your child may well follow suit. Offer a calm and supportive tone, and be patient and kind if your child is experiencing anxiety.

Would you like more videos to watch on this topic? Watch our Homeschooling story for wellbeing now.

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