Many teens have been incredibly successful with learning online. But, others have fallen behind in credits and motivation, causing tension at home and stress in family relationships. Many teens have been incredibly successful with learning online. But, others have fallen behind in credits and motivation, causing tension at home and stress in family relationships. These considerations may help in case you’re grappling with the difficult decision of whether or not to enroll your child in a distance learning program. Ask yourself: “Will this be a workable situation for our family?” before enrolling your teen in an online school. Realize that distance learning means your child will be at home during the day. Especially if your teen needs supervision, having a stay-at-home parent can be a great asset. Many parents enroll their teenagers in an independent study program due to poor behavior, only to find that the behavior is much worse when the teen has full reign in an unsupervised home. Consider your child’s other needs, even in case behavior is not an issue.  Generally, distance learning programs are not able to provide the full range of programs that traditional schools offer. For example, will you be able to hire someone to help or provide the assistance yourself in case your child needs extra tutoring in Algebra

Is online school right for my teen

Also, don’t underestimate the need for your own involvement in a distance learning program. Parents are often responsible for monitoring their child’s work and participating in regular meetings with teaching supervisors. Helping your teen find success through distance learning may be overwhelming in case you’re already bogged down with responsibilities. Teens need to be independently motivated to do their work in order to be successful with a distance learning program.
Consider whether or not your teen will be able to stick to his studies without a teacher looking over his shoulder. Chances are that the work won’t get done at home either in case a teen is doing poorly in school because he is not motivated to turn in work. Determine in case it is reasonable for you to expect him to stay focused on school for several hours a day, without someone to guide him before enrolling your teen.  Be sure to discuss the option of using a distance learning program with your child in case you feel that your teen is up to the challenge. Often teens are more motivated to do the work if the change in schooling is their idea. However, if you have decided that online schooling is best, discuss the reasons with your teen and listen to what he has to say. Work together to set the rules and terms of the arrangement. Teens that feel forced into leaving traditional school or feel that online learning is a punishment often become unmotivated to do their assignments. Socializing with friends is a huge part of high school and an important part of your teen’s development. Take a look at the ways socialization is important to your child, and begin to think of ways that you can meet this need outside of traditional school before deciding to enroll your child in an online school.