Lockdowns Have Cost Children a Large Part of Their Childhood. They Will Never Get That Time Back

For the Group of Seven (G7) conference earlier this month, Kate Middleton and Jill Biden wrote a joint op-ed for CNN about how the ‘early-years development’ of children needs to be prioritised after the pandemic. ‘The evidence from the UK and US and internationally is now overwhelming’, they wrote. ‘Multiple studies show that it is these early years that really matter for lifelong outcomes.’

That may be true. But where were their voices when children’s education was being seriously disrupted by lockdown? Where were their op-eds criticising the draconian rules that young children have been forced to follow at school, making it difficult for them to interact normally with their peers at a key stage of their development?

It is all well and good to say that we need to prioritise children now, but the biggest challenge that children have faced in generations – that is, lockdown – has already happened. Their ‘early-years development’ should have been a priority from the beginning.

We still have no firm idea about the effect the lockdown has had on child development. Personally, I’ve heard from parents and childminders about small children and babies being wary of others after the isolation of the lockdown. But without the actual research and data, it’s hard definitively to attribute cause and effect.

Still, it is striking that while the pandemic continues to be treated with utmost caution, the wellbeing of children is handled so thoughtlessly – even though we know how important the early years of a person’s life are.

Young children are completely dependent on the adults around them to make good decisions. But, during the pandemic, the adults have often let them down. I’ve heard ridiculous stories from parents whose primary school-age kids were told not to turn their heads to the side during lunchtime (while sitting at tables) to ‘prevent the spread of Covid’. Who would devise such an impractical, cruel plan? Another incredulous mother told me that her daughter came home from school bright red after the teacher confiscated her sunscreen. The teacher had also refused to apply it because the school’s policy is to minimise physical contact with pupils.

Elsewhere, photographer and author Laura Dodsworth has publicly shared a story about how a teacher at her son’s school shouted out to a room of children that they were ‘killing people’ if they didn’t wear their masks properly.

Lockdown has been incredibly hard for young children from struggling families, whose parents rely on teachers, nurseries and childminders to help with their learning and development. And it’s not just about formal education either. Kids may have been receiving their lessons over Zoom, but they’ve been missing out on all the important learning and social development that goes on between classes, when they mix freely with their friends. This is also true for babies and toddlers who have missed out on play groups.

This is not to say that young children have been irreparably damaged by lockdown. We should not pathologise an entire generation. But childhood is such a fleeting time in a person’s life. And once it has gone, it can never be regained.

We should be thinking very carefully from now on about how to put children first. The lockdown debate has been far too narrowly focused on Covid data. We need to ask other questions. We need to think of the effect this strange new world is having on children. And we need to start doing so now.

Source: Spiked

  1. ken says

    NOW we’re worried about ‘the chilllldren’! Wow,,, impressive. Finally!

    Not one GD msm media outlet discussed the torture insane people ARE putting ‘the chillldren’ through over a virus (IF REAL) 100% of them will survive!

    The only good thing WAS the indoctrination centers closure. For one year, maybe two they did not have to LEARN anal sex,,, go through transgender conditioning,,, White children learning their racist by their DNA,,, 2+2=5,,, Cursive writing eliminated,,, physics, math, biology all are White supremacist,,, and all the White male children are somehow guilty of preventing the POC and females from their full potential!

    I am sure the Caucasian chillldren really miss teachers telling them they need to die, that it their fault for the sun rising in the west. Hey, why not?

    Many have to scan (check) in using their tracking devices called cell phones. Wear masks, sit on floors,,, scan for their lunches which I wouldn’t feed my dogs,,, not allowed to bring food from home,,, scan when going to bathroom, then clocked,,, no playing and only get 30 minutes of fresh air time a day. Just a ton of fun.

    And f-ing parents subject their ‘loved ones’ to this! Better off being aborted. Yet every day while ‘school’ was in I watch parents drop off their chillldren, wait for them to board the bus masked, and then don’t give a rats ass what their being taught or the abuse they’re enduring in the windowless bricked prisons garrisoned by feminazis that hate everything.

    Now their f-ing parents are lining them up for the kill shot which if it doesn’t kill will likely sterilize many of them. The ones needing sterilized are the ones putting their chillldren through this abuse.

    They better pray there is no God as I cannot think of too many sins worse than child abuse. Hopefully Karma will even things up.

    Check out this ‘school’ band in Washington SSR.

    1. Raptar Driver says

      I’m a bus driver in a rural Wisconsin county.
      I can assure you that they are enforcing medical tyranny on the children which is nothing short of child abuse.
      However I have managed to keep my bus Safe from tyranny.
      On my bus it is optional, you can wear the mask or not wear the mask, I will not report these children nor give them any problems.
      On other buses The police have been called for a child, handicapped, not wanting to wear a mask.
      The people running these school districts are criminals!

  2. Mark says

    A certain element of society wanted the ‘pandemic’; it wanted a chance to show its stuff, its mettle, its keep-your-pecker-up-old-chap perseverance. The more of a slog it became, the more we had to give up in the name of public health, the tighter they embraced it. Those are the vaxitards who flood the opinion page of the paper with their self-righteous rubbish, how it’s not discrimination to persecute those who will not accept the vaccine and how people like me should just stay away from them and their families. With pleasure, you pricks. I’ve been saving those letters, and you better believe if there is a vast autoimmune crisis early this winter, with the vaxitards being hauled away on stretchers, bug-eyed with bewilderment, I’ll be there to walk alongside and remind them.

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