Dystopian Now?

As a class we have defined dystopia as “an imaginary or real place whose inhabitants  may lead a restricted and oppressive existence under some form of authority that arises as a reaction to some significant social crisis”. Therefore based on our evolving definition I believe that neglect amid this pandemic is a situation taking place in the world today that I consider to be dystopian. I believe that children are more at risk for neglect during this coronavirus pandemic for several reasons. Firstly, all children are required to stay at home due to the closure of schools. There are children that have parents who are essential workers and are required to work to financially provide for their family. In that case there could be children that are stuck at home alone because their parents/guardians cannot provide twenty-four hour care for their children. Secondly, there are children who are abused and neglected within their homes that looked at school as an escape from their reality but are now forced to endure that around the clock. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, educators are the largest group of hotline tipsters for child abuse and neglect[1].I believe that the closure of schools could increase neglect because educators have turned virtual. Lastly, from a different perspective neglect could be shown indirectly because of the parent/guardian stress and fears stemming from this pandemic.

1. Hirt, Suzanne, et al. “Children More at Risk for Abuse and Neglect amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Experts Say.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 16 Apr. 2020, www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/03/21/coronavirus-pandemic-could-become-child-abuse-pandemic-experts-warn/2892923001/.

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