Safety During Lockdown
The Government directive which instructs families to stay at home is helping to keep people safe and reducing the spread of coronavirus. However, the lockdown restrictions are challenging for many of us, and they can be particularly tough for families.
Keeping safe and sane
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It is important to take physical, as well as mental health into account when drawing up guidelines.
Dealing with limited space and time for work and play needs to be done with sensitivity
having a home office and a home schooling situation brings many cyper risks which need to be addressed.
For some young people, the coronavirus pandemic has triggered or worsened anxieties they were already struggling with. There are also basic health issues which need to be handled in and around the home.
The risks range from mentally ill parents and substance abuse, cramped housing, domestic abuse and poor diet in lower income groups. These are aggrevated when there is a lack of space and access to the outdoors.
Fortunately the vast majority of children are most interested in socialising online and watching videos and listening to music, rather than in potentially unwanted content or disturbing news.