Title COVID-19: The importance of young children making virtual connections Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Monash Lens Media type Web Duration/Length/Size 600 words Country/Territory Australia Date 6/05/20 Description In this brief article, we outline the importance of parents supporting children to have virtual playdates during lockdown.
"Children are grieving the loss of their past lives. Although in lockdown, it is still important to encourage children to interact socially.
"From a child's perspective, friendships provide moments of being together, where secrets, stories and interests are shared. Friends learn collectively and support each other in varied ways. All of the learning and development together with friends is missing while in lockdown.
"Virtual playdates in times of COVID19 provide a space for children to build on common knowledge about the world they are now living within. Parental support for children is very important for building friendships in both the virtual and real worlds."
Producer/Author Gloria Quinones & Megan Adams URL https://lens.monash.edu/2020/05/06/1380266/covid-19-the-importance-of-young-children-becoming-virtual-friends Persons Gloria Quinones Goytortua, Megan Adams