Coronavirus is one of the most searched phrases on the internet. Also by children. Research shows that almost three-quarters of Polish teenagers are concerned about the health of loved ones during a pandemic.
Locked up homes resulted in children spending more time in front of the computer. A bit because of learning, and a little because the parents gave up – the situation caused by the pandemic was difficult for children, locked in their homes, as well as for adults struggling with remote work with daily duties.
Are children afraid of coronavirus?
Many parents, browsing the search history of their children in search engines, noticed that coronavirus– related phrases were repeated . This is confirmed by studies carried out by the Institute of Mother and Child, which say that almost three-quarters (70 percent) of teenagers are worried about the health of loved ones during a pandemic. Interestingly, they are not afraid for their health – only a quarter of the surveyed children admitted to such fears.
The survey was conducted in April 2020 by specialists from the Children’s and Youth Health Institute of the Mother and Child Institute. It covered 2408 teenagers from all over Poland aged 11-18.
It turned out that the biggest problem for young people was the inability to meet friends, but immediately afterwards, concerns about the health of loved ones came second.
Where do they look for information on COVID?
One of the reasons for this is the great misinformation about pandemics among young people. Children do not deepen knowledge about coronavirus, which they would not understand, so they rely on scraps of information heard on TV, on fragments of parents’ conversations or on revelations passed by colleagues on social networks.
Talking to children about adult topics such as illness, terrorism or war has never been easy – especially when fear is fueled by peer conversations and disinformation on the internet, to which children now have unlimited access.
Understandably, children and adolescents can worry about what they see, read or hear on the news or on the internet, ” says Stevie Goulding, an independent organization from the YoungMinds organization in the UK, which offers psychological support for young people.
– As a parent or guardian, it’s good to talk honestly but calmly about what’s happening without ignoring questions or protecting you from what’s happening in the world. Children seek help in adults when they are in a difficult situation.
Talk to the child!
Social media are not always the most reliable source of information. That is why it is so important that parents are always seen as the most reliable source of information for the child.