How can parents support an effective online learning environment?

Q&A to parents to help build an effective learning environment for children

UNICEF Viet Nam
How parents support an effective online learning environment
UNICEF Viet Nam\Xuan Lan
23 September 2021

Are you worried about how you can support your children during online learning? Check the questions and answers below adapted from to learn more on what you can do to support your children!

What should I do to prepare my child for online learning?

  • Understand the requirements and arrangements of online learning from the local authority and the school, including the designated online platforms or tools, the learning schedules, and the specific online learning modes.
  • Set up the hardware for online learning, including the computer, tablet, microphone, earphones and get the learning materials ready.
  • Create a good learning environment. For your child, he or she needs to finish the pre-class study, attend the online classes, review the content after class, and keep the learning logs.

What should I do to help my child develop good habits for active engagement?

You may work with your child to develop daily and weekly plans according to the school schedule. Help your child to arrange his or her time every day to complete the required learning activities, such as morning reading, online classes, pre-class study, after-class review, and assignments. As your child may need some time to adapt him/herself to the online learning activity, you should also allow flexibility to adapt to your child’s needs.

What kind of online learning platforms or tools should I install for my child?

There are different types of platforms and tools used for online learning, such as integrated online learning platforms, instant messaging tools (e.g., Zalo), live webcasting platforms (e.g., Zoom), and subject-specific platforms. Since the requirements vary across regions and schools, you may refer to the arrangement of your child’s school or specific needs.

How can I keep track of my child’s learning performance?

It is very likely that you would not be able to sit with your child through all online sessions and offline study activities. But it is important for you to understand how he or she is performing. You can check, from time to time, on his or her pre-class study and learning plans, sitting posture and appropriate screen breaks, level of focus, engagement, completion of their assignments and their moods.

Is my child learning effectively online?

Asking your child about what he or she has learned after the online sessions and reviewing the finished assignments would help you to understand how your child is doing in learning new things through online teaching. You can also give some tests to check on their performance after each chapter to help you make improvement decisions, for example, to review the content that is challenging for your child or consolidate what he or she has learned.