Sensory deprivation of teenagers in the years of the pandemic.

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Have you ever wondered the effects the use of new technologies (teleconferencing-distance learning) can have on the psyche and behavior of our children and teenagers. In a glimpse of a moment they were bound to take distant lessons, to attend classes with closed cameras, to communicate with their classmates with chat only, and to write exams from their personal computers.

Classrooms have been replaced by computer screens, which often lead to long monotonous monologues by their teachers, boring most of the time. Students attend them indifferently, playing games on their cell phones or watching movies and videos concurrently, and often do not realize that the lesson is over, except when their teacher closes their session.

Children interact with their teachers through a context of sensory exclusion, where their channels of communication have been severely curtailed or totally deteriorated. Visually they do not see their teacher, with rare exceptions, and can only hear him, if he manages to grab their attention somehow. The remaining senses, touch, taste and smell, do not provide any sensory assistance in the teaching process. The sense of space, the classroom, the teacher, the smell of the book, the various tastes of the school, from the canteen to the snack at the break, are completely absent.

Children will, at some point, be called upon to return to their former state but the obstacles, especially for first-classers of Elementary and High School students, will be much greater. For the rest, the lack of trust for their unknown schoolmate along with their reduced self-confidence will lead them to symptoms of institutionalization and alienation from each other, not only at school but also in their interactions with the rest of the people.
Alienation, loneliness, decreased self-esteem and self-confidence, institutionalization, delinquent behaviors describe the stages that children and young adolescents go through in their attempt to integrate into society the wee years of turbulence that we call maturation . E- learning has magnified them significantly and children will face insurmountable obstacles. Can we help them somehow??

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