US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Against the background of talk about the world economy, about the crisis and about the pandemic, the problems of children, who also turned out to be victims of the current situation related to coronavirus, go to the background.
They do not give interviews, they are not shown on TV, but their stress level may be even higher than that of adults who are used to coping with difficulties.
Below we will talk about how the life of children has changed in connection with the regime of self-isolation.
10. No visits to grandparents
Grandparents form an important part of children’s lives. According to experts from Oxford University, the participation of grandparents in the lives of children improves their well-being. Their participation in the lives of children positively affects the ability of children to adapt to different communication styles. And now, when, according to research, older people are more vulnerable to the virus, children are not able to communicate with them as often as we would like.
9. Cancellation of visits to museums and amusement parks
All entertainment was officially canceled – no amusement parks, holidays, events, as there is a ban on mass events and meetings. Music festivals and concerts were also canceled. All amusement parks are closed. Only grocery stores and pharmacies remained open. Children may be stressed out waiting for the end of quarantine and the opportunity to visit their favorite entertainment centers.
8. They cannot meet friends
Communication with friends is a very important aspect in the life of children, especially in adolescence. Like adults, children often seek support from their friends, even if they are talking about computer games like Colonist. Of course, they can still talk to their friends whilst they are playing those games though. Some children have found computer games to be a way of coping with all of these disruptions to their normal routine. Many children have been able to find r/roms of their favorite games online too. They don’t even need a gaming console!
It is also very important for their emotional state.
Undoubtedly, modern technology allows you to keep in touch with friends at a distance, but this will not replace live communication.
7. Their life has been turned upside down.
Their habitual life has radically changed. As a rule, children do not think about global problems, but now they had to change their usual life precisely because of such problems. Since parents often work from home, the children are left to their own devices. They spend more time at computers or in front of the TV. This is a very difficult time for both adults and children, but adults have a greater margin of safety, they are used to coping with difficulties, and for children this may be new.
6. Birthdays are celebrated at home, away from friends and relatives.
Many families were forced to cancel pre-planned parties at which it was planned to celebrate the birthday of the child.
Now birthdays are celebrated without guests. Often, it is not so important for children whether the cake will be prepared by their mother or bought in a store, but the absence of guests can sadden them.
5. Other holidays have also changed.
Other holidays fell during the quarantine, in particular Easter, which is an important holiday for many families. As a rule, this holiday is an occasion to visit relatives, to cook delicious food. If we talk about our country, then for some families an important tradition is going to church. However, this year all these events were also banned.
4. Classes at the school are held online.
At the time of self-isolation, many students study online. For older students, this format of instruction may not be very stressful, and for younger children, this format may be uncomfortable. Children, accustomed to going to school, seeing teachers, communicating with classmates, are now forced to get used to a new form of learning. That is why psychologists warn parents that the quality of learning and mastering the material in such conditions may decrease, and teachers try not to give bad grades.
3. No events behind the doors of the house
It is the hardest thing for children to sit at home, because it is vital for them to be in the fresh air, run, jump and play outdoor games.
However, now all this has become impossible. Children are locked in four walls, and they have very few opportunities to pour out energy. This item often becomes the main stress factor for children and their parents.
2. Children of doctors see their parents much less often than usual
Doctors and other healthcare professionals are now at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus. Numerous patients, the number of which is growing daily, take a lot of time and effort. That is why children see their parents much less often. Moreover, as healthcare providers are afraid to bring the virus to the family, their contact with the family is also limited. For children, this situation can also be a great psychological burden.
1. Children of divorced parents may not see the second parent for a while
The pandemic has complicated the situation for families with divorced parents. So, a child who has remained to live with one of the parents is used to meeting with the other parent on certain days. However, now, in a situation of self-isolation, these meetings may be postponed indefinitely.
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