Lockdown Effects on Kids’ Mental Health Linger On

Camp Australia
  • Camp Australia’s Child Impact Survey involving 5,166 families and 130 school leaders reveals children’s emotional stability, screen time and socialisation are the top concerns for parents and school leaders in the new post-COVID normal.
  • Almost one quarter (24%) of parents have reported their children’s emotional patterns in 2022 have worsened, including being more easily overwhelmed and more sensitive. 62% of school leaders shared this concern.
  • 42% of parents reported too much unproductive screen time as a top concern for their children, followed by making new friends and socialising (36%). Approximately one in five school leaders share these concerns.

Tuesday, 7 February 2023 – New research from Camp Australia reveals Australian children’s emotional wellbeing, screen time and lack of socialisation continue to be the highest concern for parents and school leaders in the aftermath of lockdowns and as COVID-19 retreats in the rear-view mirror.

Launched in 2020, the Camp Australia Child Impact Survey, annually tracks the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental and physical wellbeing of primary school-aged children across Australia.

Now in its third year, the latest survey, conducted in December 2022, reveals almost one quarter (24%) of parents reported their child’s emotional patterns worsened in 2022, with children more easily overwhelmed and more sensitive, despite the end of lockdowns. This was supported by 62% of school leaders.

42% of parents reported too much unproductive screen time as one of their main concerns for children, with one third of parents reporting unproductive screen time has worsened over the past twelve months.

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