The Impact Of COVID on Children in School
The impact of COVID on children in school is negative and potentially damaging to their mental health. We are seeing more and more of these negative signs as we head into the third month of “back to school”. The victims are not only the immune compromised or the elderly. It is our children – humankind’s future society.
The negative impact I am talking about comes from the non-negotiable decision to enforce masks and social distance at school. These decisions are based on fear of death, a virus, continuing illness, and loss of control.
Is this fear substantiated? Debatable…consider this:
- Was the decision to force children to wear masks reached democratically?
- Were various fields of human care considered, other than medical, when making the decision (such as spiritual leaders, holistic healers and psychologists)?
Are parents aware of the negative long term effects these decisions will have on their children? Is the solution natural? Does it follow the laws of nature? Are humans meant to learn in a sterile environment, devoid of sensory stimulation and facial expressions?
What about the percentage of children who need the tactile element of learning due to their unique physical and physiological structures? Or children whose home situations do not offer opportunities for growth? Or children who face trauma daily in their family lives? What about children with special needs?
Now consider these observations in children learning in a sterile environment or institution:
How about the effect of fear on children? We are immersing children in fear from all sides: new on TV, news on the radio, constant adult discussion on COVID statistics, and an alien, unnatural learning environment.
The Impact of COVID on Children in School: read the signs
Are you noticing an increase in any of the following behaviours from your child?
Solutions to help lesson the impact of covid on children in school
The current health restrictions are not the solution. If the school environment is having a negative impact on children, viable options must be made aware of to the parents. My suggestions are:
- Remove all mandatory health restrictions from school settings
- Disconnect from the news and COVID statistics
- Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and feed your soul with spiritual activities
- Homeschool your children if you are able to
- Organize or join a learning pod
The World Economic Forum published an article highlighting 3 suggestions in ways we can protect our youth from the potentially devastating psychological impact of this pandemic: