There’s no doubt this pandemic has changed social attitudes on a whole range of topics. Recent surveys have shown that 36 percent of people appreciate their neighbourhood and communities more than they did before. 50 percent of people reported having grown closer to their loved ones. So there have been some pluses come out of this year.
Kindness and togetherness have featured as a theme, and we’ve learnt of heroism and selfless acts not seen for many years. However, there’s also been a rise in snitching behaviour reminiscent of closed societies. Is it kind to report someone breaking lockdown to protect vulnerable people? Or is it a selfish act? Judgmental? As always, kindness toward others is to a degree subjective and complicated.
With schools being closed earlier in the year, bullying activity was down. But cyberbullying, sexual exploitation online and fraud rocketed. There was also a marked increase in family stress and inter-family bullying because of the lockdown situation.
The Jill Dando Institute which informs police organisations and charities such as Act Against Bullying has been carrying out some research into the way our lives have changed. Below are some of their findings which may be of interest.