When you have been robbed of a part of the world around which your whole life revolves what impact would it have on you? It may be true that children are not the face of this current pandemic, but they are among the most emotionally vulnerable groups. This does not mean that they are not affected by what is going on around them. How has the pandemic affected children? How does the mind of a child process such information? Does this prolonged period of social isolation have them perplexed, anxious and upset? Are there long-term effects that we need to consider? These are the questions that beg to be answered so that we could address their needs rightly during and beyond the pandemic.
The main objective of this study is to find how the pandemic has impacted and affected the life of children. The second objective is to understand the far-reaching consequences this pandemic has brought about and the third objective is to highlight what can be done to help children during this time of uncertainty and fear.
Scope of the study
The scope of the study is limited by several factors as it is restricted to online resources, mainly studies undertaken by professionals in this area. This study is also limited by time and resources as there is not enough relevant data available at this point in time while the pandemic is still raging in varying intensities in different parts of the globe.
Table of Contents
- An introduction and overview of the study,
- Embedded Video
Impact of the pandemic on children and adolescents
- Physical Impact
- Psychological Impact
- Other child related problems
- Problems faced by adolescents and teenagers during the pandemic.
- How to address this problem
While the world was still wondering how much technology was right for children, the pandemic has helped decide that for us. It not only took us by surprise, but it has completely disrupted our lives overnight. It has affected people regardless of age, geographic location, class, or creed. More than 190 nations are still reeling under Covid 19 one year after it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Although we believe that children are not directly affected by the pandemic, their lives have been turned upside down. Being amongst the most vulnerable and possibly the most neglected group of all during the pandemic, children have suffered in silence.
Children thrive when there are set routines and structures without which they are confused and lost. Their whole world revolves around routines set up at school and at home and now they have been shut behind closed doors.While most adults are still trying to come to terms with the new reality and struggling to adapt themselves to the changes that followed where does that leave children? It is imperative to understand the psycho-social impact this pandemic is having on children and their coping abilities. What has this prolonged period of isolation done to their mental health? What do we know about how children are coping with such drastic changes to their lives?
Watch the video below to see what parents from Uptrennd had to say about their experiences during the pandemic.
Stay tuned for part two of this study. Thank you for your time, I would love to hear your opinion on what you have heard and read this far.
My special thanks to @Amber Kashif, @Adore Eu and @Fizza Ahmad for taking time out from their busy schedules to be part of this study. I deeply appreciate their cooperation in the limited time frame I had given them.
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To read Part three of this thesis click on this link
From mental health to physical health.