Kids Talk Coronavirus
Governments Should Mitigate Harm, Protect Most Vulnerable
Thursday 09 April 2020
Kids talk about the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on children. The crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on children around the world. More than 1.5 billion students are out of school. Widespread job and income loss and economic insecurity among families are likely to increase rates of child labor, sexual exploitation, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage. Stresses on families, particularly those living under quarantines and lockdowns, are increasing the incidence of domestic violence. As the global death toll from COVID-19 increases, large numbers of children will be orphaned and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.