SickKids Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Mental and Physical Health

While the COVID-19 pandemic has occurred in a series of waves, the heightened levels of depression and anxiety among children and youth seen at the start of the pandemic has remained consistent. Researchers have found that increased time on screens had a huge impact on the mental health of children, and that families who were already vulnerable before the pandemic have been disproportionately impacted.  For anyone working with children and families in the early years, it’s important to understand this important research, support families, and work towards keeping our programs as screen-free as possible.