The impacts of student learning online

The Medford School District announced earlier this week that schools will be going online for the 2020 fall term. Today, NewsWatch12 spoke with Tammi Pitzen about how children could be impacted by going online for an extended period of time.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 8:32 PM

MEDFORD, Ore-- Schools across the state of Oregon are preparing to go fully online for the upcoming 2020 fall term. With the recent metrics set by Governor Kate Brown, many if not all school districts will have to go online.

This past Wednesday, the Medford school district announced that it will be going online for the fall term, even with schools that were originally prepared to use the brick and click method.

With the new direction that the school district is going, many parents might have questions on the negatives and positives of how online schooling will affect their children.

"I think that we already live in a time where we are dependent on technology and that we interact a lot on social media," said Tammi Pitzen who is the Executive Director for the Children's Advocacy Center. "But with that comes risks and dangers. Not everyone on those platforms have pure motives and kids will be looking for connections through any platform and any person."

Some of the other negative impacts that Pitzen spoke on about online learning, especially for an extended period of time are:

That children could be more susceptible to depression, isolation and angry outbursts. Pitzen also recommends that all parents be vigilant for any of these signs while students are in online schooling.

Although there are some negative impacts that come along with online schooling, Pitzen says that there are also some positive ones.

"I think that having a schedule, having a routine, having some responsibilities and accountability for their online classes is really important," Pitzen said. "This really could help kids become more adept."

Even with both the good and the bad of online learning, Pitzen says that it is important for parents to have continuous conversations with their kids during this time period.

"I think you need to check in with them," said Pitzen. How are they feeling? What do they like about online schooling? What don't they link about online school are all important questions to ask."

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