You must have heard of success stories of various children who opted for online high school diploma. But there are others as well who have failed miserably. This situation has many times put parents in jeopardy when deciding the most suitable way of study for their child. If you too are stuck in a similar dilemma it might benefit you to consider these few points before making a decision for your child's course of education.
First and foremost what needs to be considered is that will an online high school diploma work for your child as well as for you and your family? To attain an online high school diploma a child has to spend his/her entire day in the house. Are you or your spouse as a parent ready to provide your child with that guidance and supervision that was offered to him in school by his teacher? It might help to start working from home and become a stay-at-home parent if you need to provide supervision to your child.
If you want to enroll your child for an online high school diploma due to poor behavior then you might need to reconsider your decision as many times a child behaves in a worse manner when he/she gets full reign in his/her home in the absence of parents. Additionally, your child might need extra help in some subjects with which he won't be able to cope up alone. In a traditional setup the teacher provides this additional help. Will you able to provide the same to your child or will you be able to appoint a tutor for the same? If you are already bogged with official and other family responsibilities, think hard before you enroll your child for an online high school diploma.
Motivation stands as a very strong factor for a teenage child to fare well in studies. Do you think your child is competent enough to produce similar or better results during an online high school diploma as compared to the traditional setup where there a teacher looking over his shoulder all the time? A child is after all a child. So, you need to consider carefully whether or not your child will be able to motivate himself/herself in the absence of a teacher or guiding force. If not, then you might need to consider staying back at home for providing the same to your child. You might as well need to squeeze out time to meet supervisors in case you appoint any to meet your child's educational needs in an online setup.
Children, in most cases, like socializing. Once you pull out your child of a traditional school to provide him education in an online setup, you also need to look after his/her socializing needs, in absence of which he/she might become isolated or introvert or anti-social. You need to think of ways in which you can meet these needs of your child outside school. You can enroll your child to some other learning programs or courses, or engage him in social service or in social groups, or can take him to sports clubs and associations if he/she is interested in sports. You should also allow your child to meet his old friends to make him feel comfortable with them at all times.
Additionally, you and your child together can join a network specially made for distance learning students and their parents. You need to offer your child replacement activities, in order to take him/her away from negative peer group and provide him with new interests.
These are few of the considerations that you need to make before planning an online high school diploma for your child.