Children are often seen as resilient — able to adapt and change even in an ongoing pandemic such as Covid-19. However, new research is showing that many are struggling with missing friends, family and the routine of attending school. Particularly extroverted children can face extreme symptoms of withdrawal and loneliness as the pandemic continues to be present in their lives. Most importantly, playing with other children is what provides children with problem solving, confidence and helps transition them towards being independent.
As we’re learning, it’s important to keep our children not only physically active but also prioritize social connection as much as possible.
Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to highlight the ongoing struggle of social isolation, loneliness and disconnection felt by Children. If you have suggestions on other content that you think others would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to us at info@GenWellProject.org.
Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness in Children
- Children are expected to experience high levels of anxiety and throughout and after isolation during the Covid-19 Pandemic (link)
- There is evidence that kids who have been victims of bullying have improved; however, kids that are super-extroverted, and have a high-social life have been very affected resulting in symptoms of loss, irritability and withdrawal (link)
- Young people can be prone to specifically developing lasting mental health problems (link)