"Parents at a loss to find activities for their children during COVID lockdowns
can encourage them to escape into a book. New research shows how reading books
can help young people escape from their sources of stress, find role models in
characters and develop empathy.
Recent media reports have highlighted a concerning rise in severe emotional
distress in young people. Isolation and disruption of learning in lockdown have
increased their anxiety. Given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and lockdowns
in Australia, parents and educators may look to connect young people with
enjoyable activities that also support both their well-being and learning.
A lot has been written about the role of regular reading in building literacy
skills. Now, my findings from a BUPA Foundation-funded research project on
school libraries and well-being provide insight into how books and reading can
help young people deal with the well-being challenges of the pandemic.
The findings suggest books can not only be a great escape during this
challenging time, but also offer further well-being benefits."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics