There are many benefits to enrolling your child in an accredited, online high school program, from allowing them to learn at the pace that’s best for their needs to ensuring they have a safe learning environment. But one worry many parents – and online students – have is that they won’t be able to make friends and build relationships the same way kids in traditional school settings would. However, online students can, and do, make friends in a variety of ways that don’t include bonding over sharing the same class schedule. In fact, having to make friends in a slightly different manner can even help them build strong emotional intelligence, have a more diverse circle of friends, and be more accepting of others. Whether you’ve already enrolled your child in an online high school program or you’re considering doing so, here’s how you can help your student thrive and make friends as an online student.