At Childline, we know how tough the last year has been for children and young people. Their school routine has been disrupted, support networks limited, and they have faced the uncertainty of what the future will bring.
With the new lockdown restrictions in place, it’s likely that children will continue to spend more time online.
As we start the new year in another period of lockdown with schools closed once again, we are very conscious of the many children who will be feeling isolated and alone.
Losing a loved one is a heartbreaking experience that sadly more of us than usual have had to face this year due to the global pandemic.
Many children at some point in their lives feel like they don’t fit in and that they are different from other people.
Online gaming is a huge part of many children’s lives. It’s a great way for them to be entertained, creative and connect with friends, especially as we’re coming into the winter months and spend more time indoors.
We know that as children and young people develop and grow through their teens, it’s natural that they will become curious about topics such as relationships and sex.
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We know that the shockwaves of the coronavirus pandemic have been difficult for many people in different ways, and we want to make it clear that as we move from crisis to recovery, we’re still here for children.
We know that going back to school after the long summer break can make many children feel anxious, and that is even more likely this year with them having spent months away from school and having lived through lockdown.
In more than a third of the counselling sessions we have held with children in Scotland over the past few months, we have heard about struggles with mental and emotional health.
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Children as young as nine have been in contact with a counselling service for young people after experiencing suicidal thoughts.