Virtual-classroom etiquette refers to the manner in which your children should behave when an online class is in session.

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However mature you think your kids are, it is always advisable to keep a check on them while they are online. Also, once they understand the below points, make sure you ask them the following questions after class, or at the end of the day.

How was class today? Did you have any issues with connecting? Do you have any project or homework that requires help? What are the annoying things you experienced during class?

Besides feeling connected to you, you will also be aware of what’s going on in your child’s school life. This new method of learning is quite new for them too. So, a little attention from your side could help them get used to it with ease. Initially, your kids would have to be reminded every now and then but soon they will follow the below guidelines naturally.


Just because they are at home doesn’t mean they can attend their classes shabbily. Ask your child to freshen up and get ready, as they normally would, before leaving the house. Mostly, teachers or instructors prefer to view their students in order to teach them. Make sure your kids are aware that they are NOT to attend classes in pyjamas or with uncombed hair. Being presentable is a basic example of possessing good etiquette.


Logging in late or leaving early is disrespecting the timings given just like in school. It is advisable to log into the meeting 5 minutes prior to the time given, just in case of technical glitches. Your kids cannot call you in the middle of school to bring them anything. Likewise, they shouldn’t during an online class either. Make sure they keep all project materials ready, especially pen/pencils, a writing pad/book, ruler, sharpener and an eraser before their online classes begin.

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I have seen kids sitting on the bed or relaxing on the sofa while attending their classes. This posture tends to make them lethargic and uninterested in the topic at hand. Therefore, it is important to make sure your kids have a place that is well lit and quiet. A regular study space with a study table and chair is an apt setting for them. Also, it would be helpful if you informed everyone at home to avoid loud noises, which could disrupt your child’s focus on the lessons taught.


Make sure you attend their first class so that you are also aware of the rules given. Mostly, the rules would be to raise hand if you want to speak, no chatting, no interrupting the teacher while she is speaking, no fun backgrounds, ask permission to leave your chair and avoid constant shifting. Teach your child how to use the MUTE BUTTON and when and how to unmute themselves. Even though your kids may not be forbidden from several other things, you can always advise them to avoid non-class activities, like eating, drinking, sibling/pet introductions or house tours for their friends, during class.


As the virtual-classroom concept is new for many, try and understand that the teacher will not be able to give attention to each and every child, every single day, especially if the strength of the class exceeds 20 heads. Talk to your kids and explain to them why they should be attentive and disciplined and, also, ask them to write down their questions so that they can clear their doubts when the time is given for the same. I’m sure the teacher will be happy to answer them all.

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Teacher at an online class

How are you doing with the online classroom system? Is it working out for you or is your child complaining about some issues they have? Do check with them and you may realize that some of them may be quite confused and unable to handle the same. You will have to spend time around them for a few classes until they are comfortably independent to handle it on their own. After all, we have to make sure they enjoy their classes online, at least for the moment.

Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
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  1. My elder one is getting used to the online class while my younger one is still learning. However this is gonna be on for sometime now so teaching them the etiquette of online school too.

  2. Oh wow wow, I will pin this on my kids table

  3. My children are getting used to the new normal. With online classes everyday, I am helping my children with the do’s and don’ts of virtual learning. They are coping up well I’d say ☺️

  4. We often tend to take online classes for granted. Thanks for sharing the etiquettes.

  5. Monidipa says:

    I am associated with a school where they counsel teachers once in a week. The teachers who take online classes face a lot of issues and they tell them to me! I will share it with them so that they can pass this to the parents!

  6. This is suxh an important aspect for working the younger minds and how they will relate. Expanding behaviors and relating virtually is a new normal

  7. Sundeep says:

    Good topic to discuss. Yes parent should teach their kids the classroom etiquette and discipline before attending online classes. Thanks for sharing this informative article with us

  8. Raksha says:

    I think these tips are so very important as virtual classes are the current need. I do wish every parent teach these etiquettes to their kids so they are prepared for the online classes.

  9. This posts needs to spread to all the parents, as this is very important topic for the new normal.

  10. Vaishali says:

    Well done on this post. I did a similar post. Now that the new norm requires adapting to technology. This also means having to teach our children things we thought they would learn on their own with time. Very useful.

  11. Amrit Kaur says:

    This is useful post for every parent because they need to teach kids the right etiquettes while they attend online classes. I am sharing it with my bhabhi now.

  12. Tina Basu says:

    that sitting quietly for long doesnt happen mostly. My son gets break times after every 20 mins I think, and to bring him back after that break is a task for the mom!! You have listed some great pointers here for moms to go through!

  13. A few days back a video of a teacher being bullied by students while taking online class went viral. This is a very sad and disturbing state and we as parent should make our kid’s realize the significance of proper etiquette for online classes too.

  14. Parents responsibility is so much important in online classes. And following restrictions is utmost importance as few kids can disturb the entire session with one setting.

  15. snigdha says:

    This is a very important topic to discussion actually. Being a parent whose son is also attaining online classes i can totally relate to your words..

  16. Amrita Basu says:

    Now online classes,meetings webinars are the new thing to get used to.Knowing the etiquette’s will help in better experience for all.

  17. I am so glad you chose to write on this Cindy as I see so many kids breaking the rules in the online class which is so not acceptable

  18. Kinshoo says:

    Absolutely practical points mentioned. Place is very important. Though it’s overwhelming and confusing initially, kids did get used to the etiquette of online learning, especially “raise hand” to answer.

  19. Very nice points, my daughter and me are the team, we follow all the instruction and rules. You said it right, disciplines and respect should be there in the behaviour and the acts.

  20. Jhilmil says:

    Making my son sit attentively for the whole duration of his online classes comes as a challenge to me. Though we sit in a well lit quiet corner, well dressed up, but still, after some time he loses his focus.

  21. Ruchi Verma says:

    This is new normal for kids now and these tips are really important for kids and every parent should make sure kids maintain these habits!!

  22. Swati Mathur says:

    I feel this is a very important topic that needs attention. Here the responsibility of parents become more. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Alpana says:

    This post is a must for every parents whose kids are attending online learning. You are right the very first we have to make them understand is online learning is just an alternate form of learning. It’s not fun time. They have to sincere and serious about it the way they are towards in person learning.

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