Parents worried children are spending disproportionate time online post-Covid: Survey

June 8, 2020

A survey conducted by the Guinness World Record Winning Indian ed-tech startup Lifology revealed that one of the concerns of parents is the financial stability and mental wellness of their children in the post-Covid world. They are also worried about ‘children spending disproportionate time online (48 percent), lack of physical activities (45.2 percent) and planning of academics (34.5 percent). Majority of the parents (71 percent) find digital detox as an option and believe that there should be ample methods for the same.  The survey spanned across 12 nations and included 81,327 parents. The survey also said that 64 percent of parents across the globe are confused about raising their children in this new and chaotic world.

The objective of the survey was to analyse the evolving attitude of parents during the pre and post-Covid world. The survey was conducted online and was analysed by academicians and psychologists.

It has been found that in the post-Covid world, parents are willing to adopt refined parenting techniques. “It is really appreciable that parents openly acknowledged that they have confusion/uncertainty in leading children forward. I wish to bring this point to every national and state governments attention. It is indeed important to intervene with proper measures to equip parents with proper skills and information to guide children in this VUCA world”, said Lana Egtherafi, Harvard Alumnus and Director of Lifology Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.

Another striking finding of the parents children survey post-Covid is that against the common norm that parents push children to certain careers, 69.7 percent of parents opined that ‘Pursuing Passion’ is important for a child to reach heights of a career as the very idea of “Jobs & Careers” in the past century is paving the way to a more flexible and dynamic job environment. The decades-old ‘safe mainstream option’ is replaced with ‘follow your passion’. A paradigm shift has happened in the way education, student assessment and career selection are panning out and parents need to be positively involved. 

“In a rapidly changing world, people can keep GRIT high, only if they follow a strong passion. This is very much important for the mental health, happiness and positive development of children. We are really glad to see that majority of parents understand the importance of allowing children to follow a passion. We are sure, this will make larger changes in the productivity of children in academics and later on in profession,” observed by Rahul Nair, Occupational Psychologist & Co-founder of Lifology.

Research report was released in “Global Parent Day Conclave” organised by Lifology which was attended by educationalists and parents from various nations. Dr Marilyn Maze (USA), Dr Siobhan Neary (University of Derby), Dr Jebamalai (Former Advisory to the UNIDO), Dr RN Mathur (Frmr Central Project Advisor, NPIU – World Bank Projects), Revathi Srinivasan – (Director Education of Singhania School), Nalini Ramalekshmi (M D, Parents Circle) and Global Shapers (World Economic Forum Initiative) attended the session.

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