Half of parents are concerned that lockdown is taking a toll on their children’s mental health, and may cause behavioural issues, a survey has revealed.
As I was putting my 8-year-old daughter to bed the other night, she told me that sometimes she has to tell her brain not to worry, and that everything will be OK. My usually positive and chipper offspring was struggling, and I realised just how challenging life is at the moment for even the younger people in our lives.
I’m not alone in worrying, around two-thirds of parents are concerned that lockdowns are affecting the mental health of their children. A further half of parents are worried about behavioural issues arising due to the stay at home orders.
The recent poll by The Guardian surveyed 1,100 people to find their thoughts, opinions and concerns around the current state of affairs around COVID-19.
With Melbourne hitting just over 200 days in lockdown, the second longest that any state in the world has endured, and New South Wales entering into its ninth week of lockdown, it’s understandable that parents are concerned that their kids aren’t coping. The Delta outbreaks have forced over 16 million people into lockdown.
Our kids are missing out on the freedoms that we now realise we took for granted. The normality of attending school with their peers, is now just a memory, and we’re not sure when we’ll be able to return to life as it once was. A large portion of parents (69%) reported that they were worried that their children are missing out on socialising with their friends, peers and teachers, while 61% say their children are falling behind in their learning.
HOW CAN WE HELP OUR KIDS IN LOCKDOWN?
Lockdown is a challenging time for everyone but there are ways which we can help our children get through it. The Kids Helpline recommend that kids can try socialising with their friends using technology, “young people can stream music together, exercise together on video calls, host a virtual games night or a virtual dinner catch-up or even a movie night.”
If technology isn’t something they’re keen on, they suggest that they could go old school and send their BFF a letter via snail mail instead.
Kids Helpline has created an online guide for helping kids who are finding life in lockdown challenging.
We can only hope that this ends sooner rather than later, and keep doing whatever it takes to keep our kids safe, and happy.
How are your kids coping in lockdown? Are you worried about their mental health?