The coronavirus epidemic has pushed children toward stress and insecurity.

Coronavirus – the second year

It has been more than a year since the Chinese authorities reported the emergence of a new, rapidly spreading virus to the WHO. Since then, there has hardly been a person in the world who has not heard the term Covid-19, and more and more people are mourning a relative or friend with whom the new disease has ended while existences have collapsed in weeks and our entire lives have been rewritten by the epidemic. By now, the vaccines have been completed, which in turn raises not only hope, but again a lot of questions, while not only stopping the virus, but also threatening another mutation. You can find the details of this fight in our series of articles.

More than 10,000 children and young people took part in the online survey, which aims to shape the EU’s Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the Child Guarantee.

An online survey commissioned by the European Commission and carried out by five children’s rights organizations shows that many children are unhappy, mental problems are common and most would enjoy less homework. The survey was partly based on the consideration that the views of stakeholders also influence the development of the European Union’s Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the Child Guarantee.

“This is a historic report, as this is the first time that so many children and young people have been able to shape EU policy directly. The report comes at a very important time because children are bearing the psychological and practical consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic and will have to adapt to a new reality in the years to come. This is their future, so their views must be reflected in EU decisions, said representatives from UNICEF, the ChildFund Alliance, Eurochild, Save the Children and World Vision.

A We are our Europe, our rights, our futures (Our Europe. Our Rights. Our Future.) Surveyed more than 10,000 children and young people aged 11-17, both inside and outside Europe. The questionnaire was also filled in by Hungarian children.

Some of the key findings of the survey, according to a UNICEF communication:

  • The Covid-19 epidemic has pushed children to stress and insecurity in Europe and beyond. One in five of the survey participants said they were unhappy and anxious about the future.
  • Almost one in ten responding children have symptoms suggestive of mental problems, such as depression or anxiety. Girls in the survey are much more at risk than boys in this respect, and older children also reported more problems than younger ones.
  • One-third of children experienced discrimination or exclusion.
  • This proportion rose to 50 percent when young people with disabilities, migrants, ethnic minorities, or identifying themselves as members of the LGBTQ + community were interviewed.
  • Two-thirds of children are happy at school, however, 80 percent of 17-year-old respondents feel that education does not prepare them for the future.
  • Most of the children in the consultation would like to make changes in their school life. 62 percent want less homework and 57 percent want more interesting lessons. Nearly a third of respondents want to influence school curricula, for example, through more sporting activities (33 per cent), learning about children’s rights (31 per cent) and more arts subjects (31 per cent). Almost all participants have heard of children’s rights.
  • Eighty-eight percent of children and young people surveyed are aware of climate change and its impact on their environment, 8 percent are somewhat aware of the phenomenon, and 4 percent are insecure.

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