Impact of Covid-19 lockdown on the Socio-psychological Wellbeing of Children
A Personal Experience in Nigeria
Keywords:COVID-19, Parent-child, communication, social work
The world population is vulnerable to COVID-19 at the moment, and people’s health, including children, is in a precarious situation. It is gradually forcing nations into unprecedented recession and confusion. All over the world, the novel COVID-19 virus has affected virtually all aspects of human activity, including the health of children. This paper explores the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on the socio-psychological wellbeing of children in Nigeria. Following the lockdowns and crippling of social, cultural, economic, political, and educational activities, people are in continuous anxiety. Particular interest is directed at the children who solely depend on their parents or caregivers for information. While most adults are informed about the virus, the situation of the children is exacerbated by poor knowledge and awareness of what is going on around them. Since the virus impacts more on human health, it is pertinent for parents to communicate with their children on the accurate health implications of COVID-19. This parent-child communication can be supported by social workers in Nigeria to maintain healthy children.