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Does anyone have advice about helping your kids through video conferencing anxiety? My 6 year old normally loves taking, happily volunteers to speak at school assemblies is completely freaked out by classroom zoom discussions. Says that “talking on a computer is weird” and he’s anxious to the point of tears.

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I’d say, he’s 6, so let him opt out of online learning. Read with him and just let it go. Unless he has learning delays just let it go. Don’t make a big deal of it, just drop it.

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My five year old is the same way. LOVES people. Hates Zoom and online learning. I can’t say I blame her. We gave up. We do mostly coloring, stickers, tablet, movies, some crafts and occasional workbooks from Amazon. We try to take at least one walk, bike or bubbles/chalk break.

All the class zoom stuff my kids are doing is fun, so they can stay connected to their community and classmates. The 2nd graders aren’t learning anything during those sessions. If your kid doesn’t find joy or connection, skip it. Let him FaceTime one on one and parallel play with his buddies outside of class sessions. My kids play video games with their friends-not online but over FaceTime while on a separate device. that’s how’s they hang out at age 7 sometimes bc they don’t ‘talk’ like older kids/adults do. If it doesn’t serve your child, dump it.

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Do you sit with him? Does he watch your calls? Maybe it will take some getting used to. My kid has some delays and week 3 was much better. Hang in there.

Isn’t fear and anxiety sometimes a response to something new for us. Can you and others he’s close with arrange fun practice calls with him at other times during the week or let him sit in on some of your zoom calls? I also think the picking your battles and skipping is a great suggestion that others have raised.

Same boat here - though our 7 yo already had anxiety and this seems to trigger. We can’t skip as it’s how they are teaching topics, but it’s definitely a challenge. If the teacher is open to suggestions a few things that have helped the whole class - she does an online poll in the beginning so they start every session interactive (like what’s your favorite ice cream flavor). Everyone gets to participate, eases them in. Teaching him how to mute and unmute himself - if he doesn’t know already. We also pick a friend or two each time to focus on - we look at that person only and read for cues. I sit with mine - he seems to have a harder time with verbal instructions for whatever reason so I just say I’m here listening too in case you forget something. Good luck.

Thank you for these amazing tips!

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