SPECIAL REPORT: The Wellbeing Barometer

Irrespective of whether your community has experienced many lockdowns or not, the pandemic has touched all of us and impacted families everywhere in some way. Whether it is our ability to participate in special celebrations or travel to visit loved ones, it has proven to be a difficult time - for some more than others.

During this period, SchoolTV has provided families and schools with much needed guidance and information to help support young people. However, the social, economic and psychological impacts over the coming months remain uncertain. Mental health concerns are on the rise, and it is evident that many young people may need some extra support.

To assist your school, we are seeking participation in a short anonymous & aggregated survey. It is intended to act as a barometer on the wellbeing of young people within your community. Since the start of the pandemic, many students have faced adversities and been challenged on many levels. Some parents have reported that their child’s mental health had changed or worsened due to the effects of the pandemic. However, ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of our young people is important for many reasons, one of which is the direct impact it has on educational outcomes.

We encourage all parents and carers to complete the survey below. The information gathered will help your school gauge the state of student wellbeing and enable them to discover where further assistance may be required by focussing on some of the key issues.


Poll Questions

Responses to all poll questions remain anonymous and are only reported on an aggregated basis. Please base your responses on observations made since the start of the pandemic to present day. These poll questions are applicable to all school-aged children across primary and secondary levels.

1. Have your son's/daughter's studies been impacted during times of remote learning?
2. Has your son's/daughter's motivation to study changed?
3. Has your son/daughter required additional tutoring to assist with their studies?
4. Has your son/daughter expressed any concerns about their future studies or career aspirations?
5. Has your son/daughter shown signs of overwhelm or stress about the impact of the COVID pandemic?
6. Has your son/daughter shown signs of overwhelm or stress about the impact of global warming?
7. Has your son/daughter shown signs of overwhelm or stress about the future of the world?
8. Has the amount of time your son/daughter now spends on social media changed?
9. Has your son/daughter been subjected to incidents of cyberbullying?
10. Have you noticed a change in your son's/daughter's online gaming use?
11. Is there a marked shift or noticeable change to his/her sleep wake cycle?
12. Has the amount of junk food your son/daughter eats now changed?
13. Has the amount of exercise your son/daughter engages in now changed?
14. Has your son/daughter consumed alcohol through this time?
15. Has your son/daughter used illicit drugs through this time?
16. Have your son's/daughter's vaping habits changed throughout this time?
17. Have you noticed the amount of time your son/daughter spends alone in their room has changed?
18. Has your son/daughter self-harmed through this time?
19. Has your son/daughter expressed any suicidal ideation through this time?
20. Has your son/daughter required help from a mental health professional?
21. Do you think there should be routine psychological screening of all students?