Altınbaş University Department of Psychology Inst. Prof. Dr. Aylin İlden Koçkar stated that adults have an important role in explaining the reasons for the full closure to be implemented between April 29 and May 17 to children. Stating that each child’s social, emotional and cognitive development should be taken as a reference, Prof. Dr. Aylin İlden Koçkar said, “Questions asked by children should be answered as honestly as possible and be open. It should be explained that the decision to close was made to protect the children themselves, their loved ones and the health of all people outside, ”he said.
SMALL RESPONSIBILITIES SHOULD BE GIVEN
Stating that children can be given responsibilities during the closure process, Koçkar said, “Taking out the garbage, taking the pet around, preparing and collecting the table, folding the laundry are examples of the tasks that children can undertake in closure. Thus, the workload of the parents is reduced and the children take responsibility, ”he said.
Recalling that there was a shutdown in the spring of 2020, Koçkar stated that it is normal for the same decision to be taken this year to create moods such as frustration, boredom and distress. Prof. Dr. Aylin İlden Koçkar said, “Awareness about the protection of psychological health will help to get through this period more easily.” Koçkar listed the things that can be done to protect psychological health during this period as follows:
“Believing that life has a purpose and meaning, feeling independence, experiencing personal development, feeling that the person manages his life well, having positive relationships, knowing himself well.”
Prof. Dr. Aylin İlden Koçkar made the following suggestions for these goals:
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SCREEN TIME SHOULD BE REDUCED
Stating that it would be beneficial to avoid being exposed to the news all day by limiting the screen time during the closing process, Prof. Dr. Aylin İlden Koçkar said, “Following the news from different sources throughout the day can increase the level of anxiety. “It also sets an example for parents to restrict screen time, and for children to adjust their learning and screen usage time outside of class.” Koçkar said, “We know that this period will eventually end. It is important that we continue our journey without losing hope ”.