Children ‘less sociable’ since Covid-19 pandemic say Dublin parents

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A recent nationwide survey, conducted by Starcamp with Gala Retail, has shown that a majority of Dublin parents surveyed (46 per cent) have noticed that their children are “less sociable” since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions.

The survey was completed by more than 1,500 parents of primary school-aged children across the 26 counties and highlights the impact that Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown restrictions have had on children.

Forty one per cent of Dublin respondents found their children to be as sociable as pre-pandemic, while 13 per cent described their children as more sociable than before.

However, in addition to the 46 per cent of respondents who feel that their child has been less sociable since the introduction of restrictions, 43 per cent claimed that they are experiencing new anxieties, fears or worries.

It was reported that two thirds of children (65 per cent) have become more reliant on devices and technology since the pandemic began.

The survey results also revealed that confidence ranked above academic excellence and sporting skills as the top trait that respondents wish for their children.

Founder & Director of Starcamp, Aideen O’Grady, said: “Confidence is a human right for every single child, bar none. It is the greatest building block for our next generation, and we need to nurture it in them.”

“Therefore, the team at Starcamp, sponsored by Gala Retail, are launching ‘National Confidence Day’ in Ireland this March 24. They have produced a very special, free, Starcamp with Gala Retail ‘Confidence Show’, available to stream online with some incredible content. It will be filled with fun, creative activities designed to help build confidence in kids, while having fun”, the founder added.

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