Kids can get lonely. Here’s why that’s more concerning during the pandemic.
Plus, tools to help children feel less isolated as quarantine protocols continue
Sze Quak awoke one morning to hear her seven-year-old daughter, Alice, singing alone in her bedroom. “She made up a song about wanting the coronavirus to be gone soon and wanting to go back to school,” Quak says. An only child, Alice has been confined in their Fullerton, California, home attending virtual classes since March. “Before COVID-19, she didn’t really want to go to school. Now, she’s begging to go back.”
Quak keeps Alice occupied with activities such as drawing, crafting, and biking, and also organized weekly Zoom meetups so her daughter can catch up with her friends. “When the loneliness got unbearable, we met up with a friend of hers at a park,” she says. “We keep safe by keeping