- Social distancing may be particularly difficult for some children and teens.
- As children get older and more socially adept, their peer group becomes the more important hub of their social development than their immediate family.
- Experts say that while some parents may worry about the impact stay-at-home orders can have on a child’s social development, they will likely bounce back quickly if isolation only lasts a few months.
- Kids may be lonely and in need of some additional attention and support from parents during this time.
“Our brains go through their two biggest growth spurts during infancy and adolescence. These are the two periods where our brains are the most malleable and primed for learning.”
“If our teens’ experiences are stunted during this time, if they’re short-changed on opportunities to grow, learn, and develop, I believe the impact from prolonged isolation will be greater on them.”
How Parents can Help Kids Continue to Socially Develop While Stuck at Home
- Provide opportunities for interactive play
- Give them outs
- Understand their need to be online
- Encourage exercise every day
Read the full Healthline Article to learn more about how the pandemic impacts the long-term social development of children.