Supporting the child to belong
This section includes the following areas of the Resilience Framework:
|Spend time with good people and in good places||Get together with people you can rely on|
Social interaction is important at all stages of development, but socialisation outside the family plays a particularly important part in adolescent development. Research suggests that adolescence is a key time for the development of regions of the brain involved in social cognition and self-awareness and that a lack of social interaction during adolescence has lasting consequences in adulthood. A summary review of this research can be found here.
Supporting young people during isolation
The social impact and implications for young people during the Coronavirus pandemic are described in this comment piece for the Guardian by Donna Ferguson: A survival guide for parents during family isolation. With this in mind we have gathered resources to support your young people at home, with a particular focus on teenagers:
BBC Bitesize: How to look after your mental wellbeing at home
Young Minds: What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus
Lisa Damour, writing in the New York Times reminds us that because of coronavirus, teenagers are missing out on many rites of passage. She recommends offering compassion in this piece: Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters.