In general, during local in person scholastic events parents and coaches are required to stay out of the room where the children are playing while the games are in progress. At some events parents may escort a player into the playing hall, but should leave quietly when requested to do so. Keeping adults out of the playing hall helps the chess players to focus on their games and keeps parents from trying to ‘help’ out of enthusiasm – or despair.
Online events can be a bit different. Parents will be able to watch their child’s game on another computer/device in a different room. They will need to create a Parent Account on ChessKid (which is free). They should then go to www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess, click on the globe, enter in their child’s tournament usernaname in the search box, and click on the binoculars.