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Covid is taking its toll — academically, socially, emotionally — on kids

Schools adjusted primarily through the use of technology, turning homes into classrooms, parents into teacher aides and teachers into tech experts.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — From missing out on standard events and activities to adjusting to online learning, the pandemic has uprooted everything about the student experience.

While it’s too soon to know what the long-term effects will be, the pandemic is affecting kids’ social and emotional health in multiple ways, from depression to anxiety to isolation, said Stephanie Fredrick, associate director of the center for bullying abuse prevention at the University at Buffalo.

Isolation has made the pandemic unique, and it affects people of all ages and backgrounds to varying degrees. Bouts of remote learning meant many students didn't see their peers in-person. They also might not have seen relatives outside immediate family, not have interacted with friends outside school as often and missed out on typical high school traditions such as homecoming, prom and graduation, Fredrick said.  You can read the full story on Buffalo Business First's website