Positive and Negative Sides of Involving Parents in Online Learning

Apr 20, 2021

At the time of online classes, often the parents get involved with the students. Now the question is whether the involvement of the parents is good or bad. To understand the impacts of parents’ involvement during online classes, it is important to analyze this matter properly. 

Let’s take a look at the positive sides of parents involvement during the online classes:

Teacher + Parents’ Guidance = Better Learning 

During the online classes, the students get instructions from the teachers. In case, the age of the learner is below 10, the involvement of parents is really very useful. 

Online class is much different from classroom learning - the learners do not get any direct guidance from the teacher. In this case, the involvement of the parents helps these students to get the most from the classes. For example, parents can help the learner to take the notes, and mark the important parts in the book. 

More Attention

A number of students fail to offer utmost attention to the online classes - they get distracted very easily. But, they can avoid the possibility of any distractions when they learn with their parents. Their parents can drag them to concentrate on the lesson whenever they seem to get distracted. 

Additional Help in Using the Resources 

Students are not always extremely tech-savvy, especially the juniors. During an online class, they may not know how to access particular resources from the menus given on the screen. Similarly, they may not be able to use the app properly. As a result, they may stay behind the class. 

Also, it is seen that the learners are unable to respond to the class properly. Here, the help of the parents is necessary. 

Proper Update of the Class 

This is mainly for the pre-school and primary students - they are sometimes unable to understand homework. Not just that! They are sometimes unable to understand the lesson in online mode. 

It is mentioned that there are certain differences between online classes and offline classes. Learning anything face to face from the teacher has certain advantages. But learning the same virtually is sometimes incapable of giving a thorough idea to the students. 

Therefore, parents’ involvement becomes essential in this matter. Here, the parents receive the information on the lesson along with the students and later parents teach the same to them. 

Besides these benefits, there are some disadvantages of learning with parents online:

Too Much Dependence

The schools are currently operating remotely - but, the time will change and one day schools will open. Learning with parents makes the students too much dependent on their parents. As a result, they may become incapable of learning something directly from their classes. Therefore, constant involvement of parents is definitely an unhealthy practice and it has to be avoided at any cost. 

This dependency may lead to inaccurate preparation of the exam as well. The students may believe that during the exam, their parents will be there to help them which is incorrect. 

Incapability of Learning on Their Own

No matter parents are involved in online learning or not, at the end of the day, the fact is online classes are meant for the students only. It is possible that the students are not able to understand the lessons. Here, the duty of the parents is to motivate their kids to raise their hands during the class and make queries until the lesson is clear to them. 

Too much involvement of the parents during the online classes makes the students introvert - they forget that it is their responsibility to learn the lesson directly from the online class. They become too dependent on the class that they get used to learn via their parents. This is not at all expected.

Creates Difference with Offline Learning 

During classroom learning, a teacher takes the charge of teaching an entire class. But, at the time of learning with parents, the students get used to with a different type of learning. This difference may make the students suffer a lot during offline learning. 

In the classroom, the students will have to do everything on their own - here, they have the fear that in don’t take notes, they will miss it. As parents are helping them in this task during online classes, they may consider this as something permanent. 

To conclude, the students will not be able to gel in larger levels and in higher classes if they develop a habit of learning with parents. However, pre-school and primary students will find several benefits by involving parents. They can hire a home tutor to pace up their learning. 


With a passion for writing, Rachita is in the field of content writing for more than 5 years. Here, she writes the blogs for MyPrivateTutor Singapore. Being a literature student, she has a strong addiction to reading as well. On a lazy day, she just needs a cozy setting and her favorite book or web series. 

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