Boarding Schools And Technology: Stay In Touch With Your Child’s School Life
By Arun Chitnis
Until a few years ago, residential or boarding schools were known for all the wrong reasons – it was assumed that they are places to keep children of divorced parents, or children with learning or behavioral difficulties.
The fact is, they can be pretty nifty places for a growing child. If you have been entertaining the notion that only uncaring parents send their children to boarding school, you should look at how many confident, enthusiastic and well-equipped kids pass out of them each year.
A boarding school can also be the perfect place for a child from a normal, happy family. Such institutions can help a child become responsible, independent, resourceful, self-motivated and add social skills that do not come about under most ‘normal’ circumstances.
Moreover, a child learns to deal better with matters like peer pressure, poor self image and various emotional issues. Thanks to the more or less disciplined and structured approach used in such institutions, a child also has the advantage of being insulated from a variety of negative influences that parents worry about these days.
Of course, staying in touch with teachers is a bit more challenging for parents with children in boarding schools. Often, it is far from where the child’s parents live, so attending local PTA meetings is not exactly easy.
Because of the limitations of distance, it is generally more difficult for parents to build a working rapport with the child’s teachers than it would be in a regular high school. Thankfully, the Internet has opened up various possibilities on this front. There are now social networking sites designed specifically for parents and teachers.
If you have a child in a boarding school (or intend to puts yours in one) it makes a lot of sense to sign up on one of these parent teacher networking sites, which provide a protected online environment in which you can correspond with your child’s teachers as well as with other parents of children in the same institution.
Through such a parent teacher networking site, you can also stay abreast with what is happening in the school in terms of curriculum, extra-curricular activities and events that you may wish to attend.
Since the world of communication has opened up on such a vast scale, parents all over the world are finding it easy and convenient to keep in touch with teachers and school authorities.
Apart from the fact that boarding schools have now assumed a far more positive image and that their benefits are universally recognized, you as a parent can now be part of your child’s school life no matter where the school is.
© Arun Chitnis writes for Parentella, a private communication platform for parents and teachers. By facilitating a parent teacher relationship, we enhance conversations between parents and teachers. Visit us for a private, safe, and secure experience in communicating with your child’s educationists.
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