Essential Report

Concern about the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. And now thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns and their impact on children, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the following?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

TOTAL: Concerned Aug’21 Jul’21
My child(ren) missing out on socialising (with their friends, peers, teachers, etc.) 69%
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing 65% 59%
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school 61% 55%
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues 51% 49%
Base (n) 392 433
  • Parents’ concern for the impact of lockdowns on children has increased since July.
  • 65% are now concern for their children’s wellbeing (59% in July), and 61% are concerned their children are falling behind at school (55% in July).
Asked only to those with dependent children in the household (n=392) TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
My child(ren) missing out on socialising (with their friends, peers, teachers, etc.) 69% 31% 34% 35% 16% 15%
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing 65% 35% 31% 34% 18% 17%
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school 61% 39% 30% 31% 18% 21%
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues 51% 49% 23% 27% 26% 23%
Asked only those with school-aged children, teenagers, or older dependent children in the household (n=275)    
My child(ren)’s readiness for life beyond school (e.g. university, work) 58% 42% 29% 30% 20% 22%
My child(ren) suffering from exam stress exacerbated by lockdowns 56% 44% 21% 34% 19% 25%
  • The greatest concern for parents is their children missing out on socialising (69%), followed by children’s mental wellbeing (65%).
  • Among parents with school-aged children, teenagers or older dependent children, 58% are concerned that the lockdowns will affect their children’s readiness for life beyond school, and 56% are concerned about extra exam stress.

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