‘Virtual schools can be detrimental to children’s mental health’ Research

A study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says virtual education can pose a threat to the mental health and well-being of children and parents.

According to a CNN report, a new CDC study found that parents whose children received virtual and in-person education identified 11 out of 17 threats to their children’s and parents’ health.

The researchers looked at the responses to the October and November 2020 surveys of their 5- to 12-year-old children, including 1,290 parents.

About 25% of parents whose children received virtual education had worse mental or emotional health, while 16% of parents whose children received in-person education had better mental health.

Parents also said that their children were less physically active, spent less time outside the home and with friends.

Compared to 54% of parents whose children received virtual education reported emotional stress, 38% of parents whose children received in-person education reported no such problems.

The father of virtually educated children reported employment concerns, child health challenges, conflict at work, and difficulty in sleeping.

According to researchers, children who do not receive a physical education may have an increased risk of adverse mental, emotional or physical health consequences for their parents and may take longer to cope with the effects of the global epidemic.