Virtual schools are a new, technology-based education option for teenagers. Though they’re a relatively new alternative to traditional schooling systems, they are gaining national attention. Teens and their parents may choose to consider a virtual school for a number of reasons.
One of the leading reasons parents choose an online education program for their child is so that they can remove their son or daughter from a hostile environment. In many cases, that means distancing their child from bullying or negative peer pressures. The devastating effects of bullying have been demonstrated time and time again on national media, and children who are victims of this can find refuge in a virtual school setup. Also, students who are negatively influenced by their peers or are tempted to make poor decisions can benefit from getting away from those troublesome influences.
Children who move at a slower or faster pace than their peers in the classroom are also good candidates for virtual schools. Kids who are advanced and are capable of moving quickly through certain lessons have the freedom to do so in a virtual school. Likewise, students who need to spend more time on certain subjects or lessons can do that. If they need extra support, they can reach out to a mentor or coach for help. By learning through a virtual school, children who would normally fall behind are in a position to move at a comfortable speed and learn all the necessary material.
There are many options available when it comes to your child’s education. From home schooling to virtual schools, parents have options. Think about your child’s personality and learning style to determine what makes the most sense for him or her.
Thanks to Saad Faruque for the photo of students studying at a computer.