HealthDay Reports: Home Alone — Will Pandemic's Changes Harm Kids' Mental Health Long-Term?
Experts discuss how stay-at-home orders and school closings can impact kids' mental health in the short and long terms.
Home Alone: Will Pandemic's Changes Harm Kids' Mental Health Long-Term?
FRIDAY, June 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The isolation of the coronavirus pandemic might be stunting the social growth of young children, experts say.
Since schools closed across the United States this past spring to stem the spread of COVID-19, kids have been deprived of experiences that are essential to their emotional development -- playing at recess, sharing lunch with classmates and learning together in the classroom.
In a recent HealthDay Live! interview, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute, and Dan Domenech, executive director of The School Superintendents Association, discussed how children might be impacted by the closure of their schools and the disruption of time spent with their peers.