MILLIONS of mums are worried about the impact the long absence from school is having on their children’s mental health, a poll reveals.
Many say the 14-week lockdown has caused increased anxiety among kids, with some of them too afraid to venture outside.
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And others fear it could create a generation who have lost the ability to make new friends or develop social skills.
There is also concern that a “fear culture” has developed among less-troubled kids after spending so long cooped up.
A Savanta ComRes survey for two children’s charities found 51 per cent of mums and 45 per cent of dads are concerned lockdown is making their kids ill.
Elijah Kirby, of non-profit fostering group Northpoint Care, which part-commissioned the poll, said: “While many parents may not feel too concerned about the pandemic, deep down they are worried about the effect it is having on their children.
“For more vulnerable youngsters, the loss of a structured life can be devastating.
"A lockdown is the perfect breeding ground for self-harmers who no longer have to report to anybody.”
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