According to “Kids Under Covid”, a research study and survey by the online edutainment company SP Robotic Works, parents in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and mini-metros are even more concerned, as between 82 and 86 percent children do not want to take any risks. Chennai and Kolkata are the only exceptions among major cities where the proportion of parents willing to take risks sending their children to school is above the national average.
The study, conducted in July and August, interviewed 3,600 parents and an equal number of children in the 7-17 age group.
The new survey shows that parents’ occupation plays an important role in their response. Employed parents are the most protective. Only 17 percent are willing to send their children to school as soon as schools reopen. In contrast, 30 percent of self-employed and 56 percent of freelancers are likely to send their children to school immediately after they open.
64 percent of parents and children do not value online schooling
With a sudden transition to online learning and extended screen time with no outdoor games and limited social interaction, the long-term effects on children’s mental and physical health remain in doubt.
While most schools have successfully switched to online, the model is less effective as more than two-thirds of children prefer to study in the classroom. Interestingly, children and parents in smaller towns and cities and non-metros seem to prefer online learning over those in metros with the exception of Bengaluru.
Coding via Toys The study found that at least 29 percent of children learn coding / robotics on online platforms. Although the majority of children miss outdoor activities, new interests and hobbies have taken over. Online school takes up a good part of the day.
Loss of concentration and insomnia Children are also the recipients of stricter rules of isolation, as education can wait. You feel the frustration of being confined to the four walls. Almost 50 percent suffer from insomnia. Of the 40 percent who are afraid of the situation, 61 percent have experienced a decrease in concentration. A deep dive into sleep routines, screen time, physical activity, concentration, eating habits, and more, say the results. Girls dream of entrepreneurship
Among other interesting findings, the survey reveals a never-before-seen affinity for entrepreneurship among girls. 15 percent of girls aspire to become entrepreneurs when they grow up, a higher percentage than boys. Entrepreneurship comes second after the idea of becoming a doctor.