Smart Working and Little Kids: How to Survive
Professor Marcello Bramati working at home with his little kids.
Smart Working and Little Kids: How to Survive
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Smart Working and Little Kids: How to Survive

Tips for Home Studying from Italy: 5. Pay Attention to the Screens

Daily pills to help students (and families) organize their study in Covid-19 times signed by Marcello Bramati and Lorenzo Sanna, deans and teachers at Faes high schools in Milan. As reported by Time magazine, they are teaching online during the lockdown, in an ongoing experiment in remote learning. Every morning at 8.30 a.m. on panorama.it, starting from March 14, 2020, their advice, tips and good practices for students of all ages.

Staying indoors for weeks isn't easy for anyone. But those with little kids who are maybe smart working can get in real trouble. First of all, let's avoid temptations. To begin with, don't leave your children in front of a screen, television or tablet, in order to carve out time for yourself, even if it is for working.

Another risk is to spend a lot of time in videoconferencing with colleagues, using terms and ways, even dictated by the situation, that children may not be used to hearing at home. Finally, pay attention to the use of the telephone, certainly massive in days confined within the home.

So what should we do? First of all, it's essential to establish a rhythm of daily activities. In kindergarten, activities are repeated and it works. So let's try to replicate this daily routine at home. Wake up at a convenient time, but not random, have breakfast together, then choose a morning activity, such as a challenging drawing to color while parents work. Mum and Dad at their desk, the kids at their small table nearby, put there just for these times. Great.


The children will be happy to imitate their parents. Meals at children's time, then - if possible – a nap: rest time for adults too. Rest that will perhaps mean quiet work for those who cannot disconnect.


It is essential to carve out time to play with the children, so that you can ask for cooperation later in the day. Also, do not use the phone while playing, when you listen to the children, while you eat. There are other moments to use it.


These are difficult days and weeks for everyone, even for the children themselves, who are unable to confront themselves with their peers, to go out, to make a run. That's why strategies must be devised to promote their independence. Finding time and energy to design special activities in a creative way, without giving in to nervousness and practices that will then be difficult to eradicate. Such as the abuse of screens.

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