Mental Health of Kids and Covid-19 pandemic

Aswathi BijuAswathi Biju 15 Dec, 2021
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Mental Health of Kids and Covid-19 pandemic

Try to be mindful with kids in what they see, hear or read online. Not only adults, but the stress, fear, and grief created by covid-19 have also affected teens and children. Most of them are showing behavioral changes due to this pandemic. Families around the world are trying to adapt to the evolving changes in daily life. Schools, public gathering places, and non-essential businesses were closed for a long time. So it has become difficult for parents to keep their children occupied at home.

One of the most stressful things for kids was attending an online classroom, be it for pre-school, primary, secondary, or senior level education. To keep them safer, this was the decision taken by our government. But it was more stressful and exhausting.

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Online Learning

Online education was little crucial for the students, they would spend a long time in front of the screen not only for their studies but for other recreational activities. They weren’t able to concentrate and it also led to physical exhaustion, irritability, anxiety, eye strain, and headache. When the screen time went up, interpersonal skills of developing children and maintaining friendships took a back seat. Children are not allowed to go out, no physical activity, and prolonged sitting has led to some serious mental exertion.

Every day primary-level children attended two-hour classes and seniors four hours as per each school’s convenience. Some of them give worksheets and assignments for which they need to log in again, so lots of asynchronous learning happens in the beginning. Later, a few changes started showing as kids and teachers got used to the online concept of learning.

To understand the kid’s mental fatigue, one has to understand their world. When the teaching concept was clearer through videos and presentations, the children were left with a social-emotion void.

Sign of Stress

  • Irritability, fussiness, crying unnecessarily and more time to console
  • Trouble falling asleep and waking up while sleeping
  • Eating issues like vomiting, stomach ache, or constipation
  • Being anxious when they meet their friends, family and do not want to socialize
  • Frustration, biting fingers, and frequent tantrums
  • Problems with thinking ability and concentration
  • Reduced interest in school works

Children between the ages of 6 to 13 are more prone to this kind of fatigue. But teenagers who were using tech devices for a longer time before are not much affected. Students must find time to take a break and rest their minds as well as their eyes. Parents should encourage them to be interactive in the class and enjoy learning. Online classes are going to stay for a long time even if now schools have opened. If they start going to school, teach them how to keep social distancing from other students. Deep breathing can help them to be calm and active. Try to connect with nature and do exercises along with the children.

Parents should stop seeing regular updates of Covid-19 in front of their children. Many stories may be fake or rumored or contain inaccurate information. Rather, celebrate by spending more time with the family like singing, laughing, and going out if possible.

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