scared of going back to school as lockdown anxiety rises
A quarter of Kiwi parents say their kids have been showing increased signs of anxiety thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns.
The YMCA surveyed 500 parents and found their anxiety about the state of the world in 2020 was also rubbing off on their children.
"We've had kids who have started pulling out hair," YMCA North Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) operations manager Kristina Ellson told The AM Show on Wednesday.
"We've got parents battling to get their kids to school because they don't want to leave the house. That's really worrying... when there's probably going to be some more lockdowns."
New Zealand has had one nationwide alert level 4 lockdown, which lasted several weeks early in 2020. Auckland has had a few more brief level 3 lockdowns, in August, February and March. At level 3, most kids can't go to school.