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CHAPTER 1INTRODUCTIONBackground of the StudyCOVID-19 has rapidly and dramatically affected our lives.Unfortunately, teenagers and young adults are among those who may bemost affected. The COVID-19 pandemic drove many schools to cancel face toface classes and now, many schools and colleges continue to rely on virtuallearning to keep students and teachers safe. While the safety of studentsand teachers is of the utmost importance, online learning can have animpact on the mental health of the students. We explain how online learningimpacts students' mental health, along with ways parents can help theirteens cope while learning in the comfort of their houses.Online classes affect everyone from young children to young adults,teachers, and professors. For several students, virtual classes may worsenexisting mental state disorders. For others, the impact of online learning cantrigger new changes in their psychological state and mood. With onlineclasses, students may experience challenges because it relates to increasedscreen time.As education adapts to teaching and learning at a distance, theworkload and the learning load of adopting a new delivery mode is taking a
huge charge on the lives of those in education. This is an immense downsidethat is growing rapidly. While there are some students who are thrivingthrough online classes, the impact of the virus, isolation, increasedworkloads and other associated effects are rising among many students.Theradical change in lifestyle can feed loneliness, anxiety and even lead todepression. Anxiety and stress can lower immunity, subjecting students toillness (Schroeder, 2020).Technology does not only impact academics but also the student’shealth (University of Minnesota, 2007). Screen time such as browsing onlinehas been associated with a more inactive lifestyle (Wang, et.al, 2012). Eventhough online websites make it easier for students to access education, itpotentially leads them to an inactive lifestyle and related health issues.Spending more time on the computer presents a major risk to student’smental health, resulting in a trend away from active leisure pursuits andrecreational sports and leading them towards inactive entertainment such astelevision, video games, and computers (University of Minnesota, 2007;Wang et al., 2012).Students who have better health are more likely to finish their studies,but it is unclear whether time on the computer has a negative impact onmental health. We know that inactive behavior is the number two risk factorfor a variety of diseases and general health. Therefore, the effect of onlineclasses on the student’s mental health needs to be examined. Thus, this
study can help the schools by adopting the framework to addressinstitutional issues by incorporating coping strategies and improve teaching-learning related outcomes in virtual learning.

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