Social Networking For Homeschool Children

Home school students as a whole have been a pretty successful bunch, though this is difficult to measure because there are not many statistics taken yet. It is not at all uncommon to hear about the young home school author, the music prodigy, or the computer genius.

I have also not witnessed homes school students’ inability to comingle with other children their own age due to lack of socialization. What I do notice is that despite the fact that many home school children I know are involved in many different activities, they simply do not have access to the same range of children that is available to their public schooled counterparts.

Networking is important as an adult and believe it or not that networking starts at a very young age. I am constantly surprised by how often my past comes back to visit in different aspects of my life. I am glad that I have developed relationships that have lasted for many years and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to meet numerous people over the years. Email once made it much easier to keep in contact with all of these people but now days that has become too rigorous a task. Social networking sites such as Face book and MySpace have added another level of connectivity to life and networking that was unheard of just a couple of years ago.

I believe these social networking sites offer great opportunities for home school students to connect and feel part of a group. This is virtual home school software that has the ability to bring home school students from all across the world into the same classroom.

I do not advocate letting your child loose on these sites without any type of supervision or expectation. I am careful to limit the amount of time they spend on these sites and I require that I have full access to the accounts. Like other home school software these sites offer opportunities that were not available a few short years ago and they give parents another tool to enrich their child’s life.

Connections made today can be very valuable tomorrow and long term friendships are a very important part of a health mind, spirit, and body.