Aygün said, “During the period of social isolation, children should be able to make video calls with their peers outside of the classroom in order to protect their physical and mental health and increase emotional resilience. Such an approach will help the social and emotional skills of children to be least affected by the pandemic,” he said.
It was stated that the restrictions within the scope of the coronavirus epidemic and the accompanying measures could adversely affect the social and emotional skills of children under the age of 12. ÇOMÜ Educational Sciences Department faculty member Dr. Aygün said that with the transition to distance education, children staying away from their friends affected their social and emotional states such as anxiety and loneliness. Aygül emphasized that mothers and fathers have important responsibilities for their children to get through this process without any harm.
Drawing attention to the importance of quality communication with children, Dr. Hanife Esen Aygün stated that fighting the ‘invisible enemy’ in this process causes emotional disorders such as extreme fear and anxiety in children under 12 years old. Aygün spoke as follows:
“Emotional disorders can cause unwanted behavior problems. It is important to share correct information with children in order to overcome this situation. What we need to pay attention to here is to share information and news sources that are appropriate for the age of children. Being away from our loved ones along with social isolation may have caused some emotions such as loneliness and hopelessness to enter our lives and sometimes deepen them even more. Bringing together with their peers through video interviews in outdoor times. Such an approach will help the social and emotional skills of children to be least affected by the pandemic. changed. In order to protect the physical and mental health of children and to increase emotional resilience, daily routines should be established within this changing order. Children will feel safer through these routines. The fact that children feel safe will contribute to their social and emotional skills being affected more positively from this situation. “