Chandigarh, May 24 -- Like so much else, the Covid-19 pandemic has also upended children's lives, disrupting their schools and the rhythm of their off-school routine. Home bound, they now spend more time glued to smart phones and television screens, hardly getting any time for outdoor activities. All this adds up to stress and anxiety which can impinge on their mental health and well-being.

People manning Childline 1098, a service of the women and child development ministry, allowing people to phone in and seek help for children, say the number of parents dialling up to discuss their children's behavioural problems has increased during the lockdown.

Sangeeta Jund, director, Childline 1098, had told Hindustan Times recently that two couple...