Children’s Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

About the Project  

This research project is focused on learning about children’s diverse experiences at different points in the pandemic in 2020. Between April and June of 2020, we conducted bi-weekly online interviews (and mini check-ins on the alternate weeks) with 30 children from Southern Ontario, mostly between 8 and 15. We talked directly to children, including those living in a variety of kinds of living spaces, from different class, racial and cultural backgrounds, living in diverse family configurations, and from a range of abilities/disabilities. There were significant differences between children’s experiences linked to family configuration, living space, parents’ education and employment, ability, ESL, and the style of their online schooling.

At the beginning of October 2020, we re-interviewed most of our participants again.

This project has been funded by Brock’s Dean of Social Science Discretionary Fund, Brock’s CRISS fund, and SSHRC.

Rebecca Raby


CHYS, Brock University


Sara Black (Brock CHYS undergraduate), Laurel Donison (Brock CHYS PhD), Keely Grossman (Carleton Sociology PhD), Evan Harding (Brock CHYS MA), Haley Myatt (Brock CHYS MA), Lindsay Sheppard (York Sociology PhD) and Kay Waboso (Brock CHYS PhD)


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