Apart from studies and career, this epidemic has also increased the level of stress in children.
Childhood is the best time of our life. But as human civilization is advancing rapidly, the sweet memories of innocent childhood in the glow of technology are also diminishing with each passing year. At the same time, the burden of expectations of parents is also becoming a burden on children in the early academic years. Today, all parents want their child to be a sports champion, class-topper or innovator in a fierce competition. But in this rat race, the innocent childhood of children is dissolving. The COVID-19 virus completed cancer.
Already, these children, who have been deprived of playing in the open between classes and assignments, now have limited opportunities to play in the green environment in the natural environment. The consequence of this is that now the screen time of children is increasing very fast. Whether they are working or not, they are being forced to give their smartphone, laptop, tablet to the children. Giving gadgets to children has now become an easy way for parents to cook, do office work or stay calm for a while. But is it really the best option for your child’s mental development and physical health?
Psychologists are concerned about this issue
Famous psychologists of the world are seriously calling attention to such habits so that the childhood of the children is not lost on gadgets and technology. They are, in fact, concerned with mental health and the health of the new generation of young minds, especially mental health. Experts in child psychology are insisting that after the lockdown that lasted for several consecutive months and still the epidemic among us, among teenagers, young children and young people, parents and guardians, other family members and their teachers in their behavior Worried negative change is felt. Amidst the infection with the COVID-19 virus, mental health problems of children are also increasing. Among these, symptoms of stubbornness, irritability, anxiety, nervousness and behavior are the most common.
Keep an eye on changes in Internet activities and behavior
Actually, the compulsion to stay indoors is overshadowing the brain of children. They are not able to go to school regularly either. Nor being able to go to the park or outing, with your friends. The same lifestyle and routine have been making him ill for the past 8 months. Psychiatrists and child specialists are advising parents to keep a close watch on their child’s behavior and to show the doctor about any changes in behavior. According to Pravesh Gaur, mental health pathologist and Founder-CEO of ‘Sourcea’ Wellness, it is very important to pay attention to these symptoms-
- Have there been major changes in the sleeping pattern of the child, such as excessive sleepiness or inability to sleep
- Complaining of a bad dream upon waking up
- Persistent headache and abdominal pain
- Crying without talk or talk
- Being alone for a long time
- Socially isolated habit etc.
Psychologists say that in addition to these behavioural and health-related habits, it is important to keep an eye on the Internet-related activities of your children. Limit the amount of time they spend on the Internet after classes because they may fall prey to a highly vulnerable digital threat like pornography in the virtual world. Fraudsters hiding behind human faces are waiting every moment to trap children in their trap and exploit them online. A mistake by innocent children and a move on misguided trails may drag them into the deepest swamp associated with cybercrime. Recently, the Manforce company has raised concerns about child pornography amid lockdowns and epidemics and has also started an advertising campaign aimed at making people aware of it.
Tips for improving the mental health of youth and children
Lockdown and the spread of Corona have served to stress us all to some extent. These suggestions can be very useful amidst the epidemic and stressful situations –
01. Do not panic and get used to the ‘new normal’
If you are still unable to accept the situation, then how can you expect your young children to be mentally and physically healthy and normal? Talk to your children about the reality of this epidemic and all aspects related to it, but do not discuss deaths due to infection. This is so that they know what precautions are necessary to keep them safe. More than eight months is a long period for adapting to new social norms and New Normal habits and we have to make our children comfortable with it as well.
02. Set a schedule for children
Apart from teaching, one of the most important tasks that schools do is to build a schedule for children. The school is not limited to just completing courses or certified mark sheets but it is the simplest way to instill discipline and life values in children at an early age. Therefore, make a time table for the children at home as well and according to that, schedule the time for the children to sleep, wake up, watch TV, read or play. Also motivate them to follow it, so that their routine remains. To play at leisure, make a room at your home like a school play room equipped with your hobbies and entertainment.
03. Spend quality time with young children
If you follow your schedule diligently, you can work better for a limited time in hours without affecting your sleep. Divide the work among the family members, assign the children as per their capacity. In this, children can be taken help in things like kitchen, gardening or cleaning. This will establish better contact between you and the children and it will also make them feel responsible.
04. Encourage children to speak their heart
Mental issues such as anxiety and depression often do not allow a person’s feelings to reach others. Therefore, constantly encourage your children to interact in an open, positive and lighthearted environment. This can help them to a great extent in expressing their inner self. But keep in mind that during this time you do not have to judge them. The purpose of all this exercise is to provide the right direction to the positive energy of the family and the children with the help of an expert if needed. The happy time spent in childhood serves as the foundation of any person’s life. It has, of course, now become a world-class subject that we decide today what is best for the next generation? Hope that with these suggestions and discussion with the widar, you will definitely be able to return a better environment and the same old childhood to your children during the pandemic period.