Children are not happy with online classes, reveals study
Thiruvananthapuram: Depression symptoms are on the rise among students after the inception of online studies in the state. The study found that 23.44 per cent of high school and higher secondary students have symptoms of depression.
The SCERT and Psychological Resource Centre at the Government Women's College in Thiruvananthapuram carried out a study on the impact of frequent use of the internet and mobile phones on children during September and December 2020. As per the findings, the children are suffering from depressive symptoms, loneliness, anxiety, and inability to regulate emotions etc due to the online classes.
The study found that 68 per cent of primary school students are not interested in learning through digital classes. It is also examined that physical exercise also significantly reduced in adolescent students as classes switched to virtual platforms. More than 75 per cent of parents lost their income during the Covid period. These changes in the home also affected the mental state of the children.
Results in percentage
- Considerable Anxiety- 11.16
- Extreme loneliness- 6.6
- Inability to regulate emotions- 10.9
- Internet overuse - 4.39 (among high school and higher secondary students)
- Mobile addicts -8.76
- Excessive use of Mobile usage-78.48
- Adolescents who thought about suicide -10.13
- Suicide attempts -2.03
- Students who felt the need for counsellor -7.49
- Students who complained of unhappy homes during Covid period -27.5
Health issues (in percentage)
- eye stress-28.25
- neck pain-36
- back pain-24.7
- blurred vision-15
- Classes should be scheduled as per the interests of the students when the digital classes are extended.
- Students must do some physical exercise every day. Give proper rest for eyes and back
- A period should be set aside for counselling on the timetable to improve the mental health of the child.
- Teachers and counsellors should be made aware of the suicidal tendencies of students.
- Parental behaviour should not ruin children's confidence.