Prioritise Children’s Mental Health

Where is the science that this virus is easily spread by children? I would like to see some solid research that closing schools, playparks, and limiting outside access was the correct decision and I’d like to see a plan in place for how they will open as soon as possible.

Why the contribution is important

It’s widely accepted that children are at the lowest risk of harm from the virus and yet I feel they are paying the highest price. Many children live in flats with no access to a garden. It is unacceptable that they are only allowed out once a day for exercise. Many children are missing out on their right to an education and the opportunity to socialise with their peers - a critical activity for healthy development. With many parents still working, or working from home, home education is often difficult and sometimes unworkable. I would like to see more research into the effect this is having on children’s mental health. In my experience, my five year old seems to have regressed back to the toddler years. Tantrums, anger, tears, phobias. This has gradually gotten worse as the weeks have dragged on. I cannot go to the toilet alone. She is refusing to visit her dad. Can’t bear to be parted from me. I am genuinely beginning to question if the cost these children are paying is proportional to the risk they face.

by Hamiltoes on May 09, 2020 at 10:51PM

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  • Posted by CM46KEL May 10, 2020 at 09:15

    I agree with the regression of children. I have 3 of my own and can see this in all 3. My older children (both primary age) do quite well at school, have a stable family life and I feel they’ve regressed even with nurture and chats about their worries etc. We cannot, and should not, under estimate the effect this has had on our children.
  • Posted by Sarahj May 10, 2020 at 09:35

    I think these needs need to be balanced out against the cost of lives? It’s amazing how many parents are not able to cope, set boundaries and interact with their own children.
  • Posted by Alimac2020 May 10, 2020 at 10:26

    Agreed. We are also in a situation of trying to manage mental health issues which I know would be eased if able to see family/a few close friends - while still observing the distancing rules. I can’t see the difference with this, and queueing 2m apart for a supermarket/ pharmacy, only for people to get too close once inside, or passing people at 2m while on daily exercise, and even stopping to chat if you pass someone you know, again still observing distancing rules
  • Posted by Aberdeen123 May 11, 2020 at 15:42

    I myself would agree with every question raised here Where is the science that this virus is easily spread by children? I would like to see some solid research that closing schools, playparks, and limiting outside access was the correct decision and I’d like to see a plan in place for how they will open as soon as possible. Why the contribution is important It’s widely accepted that children are at the lowest risk of harm from the virus and yet I feel they are paying the highest price. Many children live in flats with no access to a garden. It is unacceptable that they are only allowed out day for exercise. Many children are missing out on their right to an education and the opportunity to socialise with their peers - a critical activity for healthy development. With many parents still working, or working from home, home education is often difficult and sometimes unworkable. I would like to see more research into the effect this is having on children’s mental health. In my experience, my five year old seems to have regressed back to the toddler years. Tantrums, anger, tears, phobias. This has gradually gotten worse as the weeks have dragged on. I am genuinely beginning to question if the cost these children are paying is proportional to the risk they face.
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