In Canada, there are close to 8 million Canadians who are under the age of 18, all of who have been impacted by COVID-19; ongoing school closures, business shut-downs and social isolation requests.
In March 2020, UNICEF Canada conducted a U-Report poll with U-Reporters in Canada, to check-in and find out how they are being impacted by COVID-19.
In the results from the poll, UNICEF Canada learned that the majority of respondents (92%) had heard of COVID-19 and were actively practicing social distancing (77%). Perhaps more importantly though, over three quarters (76%) of respondents indicated they are experiencing increased stress/anxiety. This tops the list of their most frequently named experiences, above school closures.
UNICEF Canada also learned that young people are mostly getting their information on COVID-19 from news and social media (33%) followed by family and friends (29%).
Generally, respondents indicated they feel like they are getting the information and support they need from their family /friends (90%), the government (76%), and the media (60%), but feel less informed and supported by their schools and workplaces, which is not surprising as many of these are under control measures.