The Kids Are (Not) All Right: Educational and Psychosocial Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents

Online or canceled schooling, canceled activities, loss of caregiver income, and in some cases illness and the loss of loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic had an extremely detrimental impact on many children and adolescents. This activity discusses the consequences of the pandemic in the areas of child development, scholastic achievement, and mental health. Strategies to ameliorate the most profound deleterious effects on young people will be suggested.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Compare infant and early child development data pre- and post-pandemic
  • Recognize factors that placed children at the highest risk of developmental delays following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Describe the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on scholastic achievement in mathematics and literacy
  • Identify the interplay of factors that has led to the worsening of mental health in children and adolescents following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Recommend action steps at the individual and policy levels to ameliorate these concerns