by Jenna Sommer
In a response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, health and safety of students have been one of the greatest concerns. What COVID-19 reveals globally is the vast disproportion in education equity that is affecting students and families. While schools, teachers, and families are making adjustments in the learning curriculum, educational resources are being created to aid in learning instruction from home. But what the global pandemic has emphasized in the past weeks is how economically disproportionate communities and schools are. Many students and families are struggling to be able to provide the academic support, resources such as internet, books, and tutoring aids, as well as the comfortable structure of their previous learning institution. Along with the decline of academic resources, many students who relied on school for daily meals are being affected due to socio-economic status and food security. What is a global health pandemic, becomes an institutional pandemic, demonstrating one’s privileges or insecurities: resources, education, food security, violence in the home. And while “Safe at Home” has become global, that is not the case for everyone. For those that suffer from domestic violence, quarantine offers no escape from their abusers. Throughout social isolation pressures and stay at home orders, many countries have reported an increase in reports of abuse as well as increase in severity.
Though social media has been consistently used throughout COVID-19 as a platform to create and share humor, as well as remaining in touch with others, many others have taken the opportunity to use their social media as a way to share resources and spread facts about how COVID-19 disproportionally affects people. However, social media posts about the effects of COVID-19 on education, families, and domestic abuse are less prevalent than content created for engagement.