Is it fair to put preschoolers through online education?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools to shift to online classes. But when it comes to preschool students, how effective is online learning?

The education industry has seen a paradigm shift over the past year. From shutting offline schools to introducing a digital classroom culture amidst a looming pandemic, it has caught everybody off-guard — teachers and students alike.

However, there was one segment that found it even harder to operate the preschool sector. It is only obvious to think most children of this age group are new to technology and exposing them to screens for long hours is concerning to both their guardians as well as teachers.

Online classes demand young children to use technology to have an engaging learning experience.

What makes online education for preschoolers inappropriate?

While school-going children are trying to adapt to online education, it is neither recommended nor viable for children below 6 years to have the learning delivered completely online because of the following reasons:

1. Being the most important stage where maximum brain development occurs, too much screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall well-being.

2. It is not in a 2-year old’s nature to sit idle in front of a screen. Preschool children need to explore, use their visual/auditory/kinesthetic senses, and engage with different materials to gain skills for the future.

3. Online classes have proven to be ineffective for preschoolers and do nothing to stimulate their attention span.

If children aged between 2 and 6 years are given this pseudo-preschool experience, they will not gain the right skill set to grow. The results, of which, will augment at a considerably later stage.

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