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CHILDREN'S AND ADOLESCENTS' EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS AND OPINIONS ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

CHILDREN'S AND ADOLESCENTS' EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS AND OPINIONS ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 crisis has important implications for children’s lives. While the pandemic had consequences for everyone regardless of age, and while evidence suggests that young people are the least at risk in terms of health, their lives have been turned upside down by school closures, lockdown measures that were enforced for months at a time, and, for some, by direct experience of the virus.

These experiences, changes and restrictions have profound and lasting implications for the present and future lives of all children and adolescents.

This cross-country and participatory research project highlights the difficulties and challenges that children and young people are facing during the pandemic. It counts on the contributions of local Young Advisory Boards who not only shared their opinions, but recommended the best ways to approach the research, and interpret the findings.

The objectives of the research are to gain in-depth understanding of:

  1. How children and young people perceive and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. How the health crisis, and government measures in response to it, affected and continue to affect them, and what the key issues are in their perspective.
  3. Their ideas and proposals regarding government responses to the current situation, and how similar situations could best be handled in the future, to ensure that children’s rights and well-being are protected.

Publications

It’s Difficult to Grow Up in an Apocalypse: Children's and adolescents' experiences, perceptions and opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
Publication

It’s Difficult to Grow Up in an Apocalypse: Children's and adolescents' experiences, perceptions and opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

According to children and youth in Canada, what were the negative and positive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives? How did they experience changes in their relationships; daily schedule; time at home; use of technology; or feelings of anger, worry, loneliness or gratitude? How were these experienced by marginalized groups, including LGBTQ+ and Indigenous children and youth? To date, research on Canadian children’s and youth’s experiences during the pandemic has lacked a broad exploration of their own perspectives. This qualitative study, however, was informed by three child and youth advisory teams, with input from 10 focus groups; 23 semi-structured interviews and a total of 74 young people (10–19), from four provinces and one territory. The report concludes with a set of 4 policy recommendations – by its participants – addressed to federal, provincial/territorial and local governments, as well as to school districts, and child and youth service sectors.
Vite a Colori: Esperienze, percezioni e opinioni di bambinə e ragazzə sulla pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia
Publication

Vite a Colori: Esperienze, percezioni e opinioni di bambinə e ragazzə sulla pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia

Il rapporto Vite a Colori racconta le esperienze, percezioni ed opinioni di un gruppo di adolescenti sul primo anno di pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia cercando di comprendere le loro esperienze e punti di vista, attraverso le loro parole. La raccolta dati si è svolta tra febbraio e giugno 2021 con 114 partecipanti tra i 10 e i 19 anni, frequentanti le scuole superiori del primo e del secondo ciclo di 16 regioni italiane. Bambinɘ e ragazzɘ che si identificano come LGBTQI+, minori stranieri non accompagnati (MSNA) e adolescenti con background socioeconomico svantaggiato sono stati deliberatamente inclusi nel campione interessato dalla ricerca