The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, and its impact on children and youths cannot be overlooked. The feedback provided by some elementary level students who recently visited the “Surviving COVID-19: A Reflection and Photographic Journey” exhibition attests to this fact. Their responses paint a picture of sadness, loneliness, depression, and loss.
One of the most common themes in the students’ feedback is the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Prevention measures forced many children to stay at home, limiting their social interactions with peers and friends. Online classes and limited physical activities exacerbated these feelings. The lack of socialization has also affected their mental health, leading to feelings of depression and sadness.
Another significant impact of COVID-19 on children and youths is the loss of loved ones. Several students mentioned losing friends and family members during the pandemic, which has undoubtedly affected them emotionally. The fear of losing more loved ones has also caused anxiety and stress.
The pandemic has also highlighted existing inequalities in society. Some students mentioned the financial impact of the pandemic on families, with parents losing jobs or not making enough money.
In its entirety, the impact of COVID-19 on children and youths is significant and extensive. The experiences shared by these youngsters show the emotional toll of the pandemic on young people. As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19, it is important to provide children and youth with the support and resources to recover from the challenges experienced during the acute phases of the pandemic.