Prolonged confinement at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted behavioural changes in many children, indicates a recent survey conducted by S.P. Robotic Works, a Chennai-based edtech company. The survey conducted with 3,600 sample parents and an equal number of children in the age group of 7-17 years in major Indian cities found that sleep patterns of half the children had been disturbed post the lockdown with 40 percent “fearful of the situation” with 61 percent reporting concentration difficulties. The survey highlights a 123 percent drop in concentration levels among children whose electronic screen time doubled during the lockdown.
The survey also reveals that parents from Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and mini-metros are sceptical about sending their children to school, even if it is declared safe, with 82-86 percent unwilling to take the chance to risk the health of their children.