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Why Some Kids Prefer Wearing Masks

Original Art by Eva Eichenberger

A friend’s kid suffers from social anxiety. She’s 15 and hates speaking in front of her classmates. She gets nervous, turns red, and mumbles. The mask, she says, actually helps. It serves as a kind of safety blanket and gives her confidence.

She’s now stressing over the day when schools will no longer require — let alone allow — wearing masks.

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Stephanie Gruner Buckley

Stephanie Gruner Buckley

Writer, editor, parent. Former staffer at Quartz, WSJ and Inc. magazine.

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