Originally focused on helping children with learning loss during summer holidays, the team behind DiaryZapp , realized that children are now facing different challenges and wanted to help. They recognised that children are struggling with isolation and lack of routine in these uncertain times and felt that by working with schools they could play a key role in helping children develop positive well being habits which will help them through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
Recent research carried out by Oxford University with parents and carers of children aged 4-10, confirmed increased emotional difficulties, such as feeling unhappy, worried, being clingy and experiencing physical symptoms associated with worry, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Tom Madders, Campaigns Director at YoungMinds, said, ‘This research suggests that many younger children have found it increasingly hard to cope as the lockdown period has gone on, which may be because of loneliness, fears about the coronavirus or a loss of the routines and support that come with school.
Professor Cathy Creswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, and co-leading the study, said, ‘Prioritising the mental health of children and young people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond is critical.’
The DiaryZapp team wanted to respond to this and felt that by writing a daily journal, children could develop good wellbeing and mental health habits. A recent article by Kira M Newman in the Greater Good Magazine, highlighted some of the many benefits which include encouraging creativity, reducing stress, promoting happiness and creating a daily routine.
DiaryZapp Awarded Innovate UK Grant
DiaryZapp are delighted to announce that as part of Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund, they have secured an Innovate UK grant to build DiaryZapp for Schools. The app will be available from May 2021 across all major app stores including Apple, Microsoft and Google.
The project is in it’s early stages but if you would like to contribute ideas or if you are a teacher with a class who would like to trial the app, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org