Generation Corona The Pandemic Is Changing Our Children's Lives for the Worse

Children are bearing much of the burden of the corona crisis. They are afraid, listless, bored and helpless - and many are developing psychological scars. What can be done?
Siblings Lisa, Ferdinand, Cosmas and Leonard in their home in Weissenhorn, Germany: "They’re fleeing into their own ideal world."

Siblings Lisa, Ferdinand, Cosmas and Leonard in their home in Weissenhorn, Germany: "They’re fleeing into their own ideal world."

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Julian Rettig / DER SPIEGEL

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When Thomas von Thenen's doctor said she really couldn't handle going to school digitally on her own, he thought to himself: "Should I stop working?"

When Thomas von Thenen's doctor said she really couldn't handle going to school digitally on her own, he thought to himself: "Should I stop working?"

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Pastor Bernd Siggelkow of the organization Arche in Berlin, which helps impoverished children, says things have become "a lot tighter" for socio-economically disadvantaged children as a result of the pandemic.

Pastor Bernd Siggelkow of the organization Arche in Berlin, which helps impoverished children, says things have become "a lot tighter" for socio-economically disadvantaged children as a result of the pandemic.

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71% of the children and adolescents surveyed feel the corona crisis is either extremely or quite stressful.

Source: UKE's Copsy Study, an online survey taken from May 26-June 10; 1,040 children and adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 were polled

Student Lass Lohmann at the Cologne/Bonn Airport: It hurts when you have to abandon your dreams.

Student Lass Lohmann at the Cologne/Bonn Airport: It hurts when you have to abandon your dreams.

Foto: Marcus Simaitis / DER SPIEGEL
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