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Hiding and seeking: Children's lived experiences during COVID-19

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posted on 2023-05-08, 15:33 authored by Donna KollerDonna Koller, Maxime GrossiMaxime Grossi, Meta van den Heuvel, Peter Wong

A qualitative study explored the perspectives and lived experiences of school-age children during COVID-19 using a child rights lens. Twenty children between the ages of 7 and 12 participated in open-ended, virtual interviews. Our hermeneutic analysis found children's right to play and education were severely compromised leaving children to navigate between two worlds: the adult world of public health restrictions and that of their childhood. Despite challenges and lost childhood opportunities, children emerged as competent social agents and responsible citizens. Planning for future pandemics should include policies and practices that balance public health needs with the protection of children's rights.

 

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