I have two little granddaughters, one coming up to 3 and the other recently celebrated her 1st birthday.
The restrictions imposed by the pandemic are affecting them both and sometimes, this situation makes me worry for their future. It is not just the changes in the financial stability of the world nor the changes in our high streets that will impact on them.
It’s the lack of human contact and what that will mean for humanity. Children learn through shared experiences and touch. They naturally want to respond to other children and it breaks my heart to watch my granddaughter try to reach out to another child and then pull back in fear.
How will they learn to share? How will they shed this early learning experience and learn trust in their fellow humans?
I question whether the impact on social behaviour will be worth the isolation of children from their peers to protect older people from the disease. And yet, I am a nurse by background and appreciate the difficulties my former colleagues are facing on a daily basis as they care for Covid-19 patients.
No doubt, history will show whether Lockdown for the children has been the most sensible option for the humanity of the future.