A survey conducted in Portugal, Spain and France to learn about student patterns and habits during foreclosure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic found that 64% of parents were overwhelmed with schoolwork.
Researchers from the Universities of Nova de Lisboa, Granada (Spain) and Lille (France) and the Spanish Health Institute Carlos III analyzed the routines and interactions between students aged three to 16 and their families during the first childbirth caused by the pandemic, the started in these three countries almost a year ago.
Through an online survey of almost 3,900 households from the three countries, the ongoing project “Covideducasa” is trying to understand the impact of detention and teaching outside the classroom on Portuguese, Spanish and French families, the majority of the middle class .
Researcher at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the University of Granada, María Dolores Martín-Lagos, told the Spanish agency Efe that the study had drawn families’ attention to their children, the weight of their children’s schoolwork, access to technology and the Family guidelines examined with coincidences and differences between countries.
Among the study’s conclusions, Martín-Lagos pointed out that the mother plays a more important role in tasks, even in homes where both parents worked or teleworked during childbirth.
The majority of parents recognized the school’s planning of activities correctly, although more than 64% of respondents said they experienced moments of stress to help with tasks.
In these cases, 46.7% of parents pointed to a lack of time to help their children and 20% to a lack of patience, with some families reporting that they lack the skills necessary to do so .
“Despite the criticism at the moment of delivery, the families understood that they were doing well despite tensions and that everyone had to adapt to the dangers of the pandemic together, so that there was no” excessive criticism, “said the researcher.
In the last quarter of the final school year, almost three in ten parents without face-to-face classes in the three countries saw their children calm and organized, a slightly higher percentage in Portugal (31%) and France (28%) than in Spain (21%).
Concerns about excessive use of technology
Parents also stressed, “in general, concerns about the overuse of technology, which is seen as one of the main parenting problems, especially in homes that don’t have very strict hourly rules,” he said in the context.
According to the study, 44% of parents believe their children use cell phones frequently, and 76% of respondents in the three countries also relate many hours of video games, which also increased while in detention.
On the other hand, the work confirmed the decrease in postpartum extracurricular activities, mainly sports, which decreased by almost half, and the deterioration in eating habits, which resulted in four in ten minors gaining weight.
The study also shows that in half of the homes (51%), routine also deteriorated, affecting students’ emotional well-being. 20% of Spanish parents and 15% of French parents said they saw their children sadder. In Portugal, this negative emotional development was noted in almost 33% of cases.