How was the Year 2020 for Teenagers and Youth?

The year 2020 was quite depressing for almost all of us. However, one group significantly affected by this pandemic is teenagers. School closures and enforced social distancing have cut off many teens from primary means of psychological support, putting them at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression.

It seems 2020 was a bit of a halt to a flowing stream of human life. However, the year 2020 does provide some life-changing lessons to us and become a source of inspiration for many. To learn more about the impacts of this pandemic on teen’s life, I have gone through many websites and tried to explore how the world is out looking pandemic after ten months of Covid-19 spread.  The following is the roundup of the research, ideas, and news about young people’s experiences during pandemic times.

The Most Frequently Use Word in Germany During 2020

The German Youth Word of the Year in 2020 is actually an English word, lost. German teens don’t use it in the sense of having lost their way, but to express a lack of perspective, or of not knowing what to do. Teens might also use the term in math class, for instance, to say ‘I don’t get it.’

According to a spokeswoman at the Pons publishing house, with 48% of the vote, ‘lost’ prevailed over the finalist ‘cringe’ that asked young people to submit suggestions and then vote on the internet to choose Germany’s Youth Word of the Year 2020.

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When the Only Source of Education has suddenly Stop Working – The solution is Flash Drive

Shekinah and Orlandria Lennon were sitting at their kitchen table this fall, taking online classes, when the video of their teachers and fellow students suddenly froze on their laptop screens. The wireless antenna on the roof had stopped working, and it could not be fixed. Desperate for a solution, their mother called five broadband companies, trying to get connections for their home in Orrum, N.C., a rural community of fewer than 100 people with no grocery store or traffic lights.  All the companies gave the same answer: Service is not available in your area.

The technology gap has prompted teachers to upload lessons on flash drives and send them home to dozens of students every week. Some children spend school nights crashing at more-connected relatives’ homes so they can get online for classes the next day.

Read the rest from the source: NY Times

How Toronto Plans to Keep Schools Open Amid Its Second Lockdown

There have been outbreaks in 83 Toronto schools, each with an average of five cases. That is out of some 1,200 schools in the city so about 7 per cent. However, unlike New York City, which responded to rising community transmission rates by shutting down schools while keeping bars and restaurants open, the Ontario government has made the opposite decision. It shut down bars and restaurants in Toronto and two of its sprawling suburbs, but kept schools open.

Read the rest from the source: NY Times

The Seventeen 2020 Voices of the Year

This year has tested the whole world, but possibly Gen Z most of all. You left school one day and didn’t return for months, if ever. You missed proms, graduations, college orientations, and more. Every year The Seventeen honour the teens and young adults working today to save tomorrow with Voices of the Year. And this time, it felt even more necessary to celebrate the heroes of 2020. Those who, despite everything going on, continued to look around at the state of immigration rights, climate change, and media representation and said, “We can do better.

Read the rest from the source: The Seventeen

Sixteen Teens Who Took the World by Storm in The Year 2020

In the 2020s a new wave of young stars who impose themselves on the public consciousness. Just as the 2010s ushered in Malala Yousafzai, Justin Bieber, and Logan Paul, the 2020s look to be burgeoning with excellence.

Please scroll down to see the 16 teens we think will take the next decade in their stride, dominating their fields, and making headlines worldwide.

Read the rest from the source: Insider

How Are Teens Doing Surprisingly Well in Quarantine?

According to the University of Bristol survey, thirteen to 14-year-olds were less anxious during lockdown than they had been last October. Researchers surveyed 1,000 secondary school children in south-west England. They said the results were a “big surprise” and raised questions about the impact of the school environment on teenagers’ mental health.

Read the rest from the source: BBC

How Are Some Teens Experiencing Lower Levels of Anxiety with Remote Schooling?

A group of researchers in South West England suspected that young teens who were remote schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic might be feeling more anxiety. They reasoned that many teens would be feeling worried about friends and family becoming ill. Also, they would have less social support due to being isolated at home. However, when they conducted a survey, what they found was surprising to them: the students were actually experiencing less anxiety.

Read the rest from the source: Health Line

Best Children’s and Teens Books Of 2020

This painful year has produced some inspiring books full of poetry, adventure, powerful emotion and consoling humour. Oliver Jeffers’s newly released picture book, What We’ll Build (HarperCollins), follows a father and small daughter as they construct both a house to live in and a shared future.

Read the rest from the source: The Guardian

The above collection of articles and the perspectives about the pandemic’s impact on teens are not exhaustive. As we found in human history, every chaos brings a learning opportunity to humanity. Although the year 2020 provides so much distress, anxiety and despair to us across the boundaries. Let’s reflect upon what we have learned so far from this year that might have helped us in the future? Is it chaos, pain, disparity, losing jobs and income, losing our loved ones, social distancing, losing connections or losing ourselves? Or is it hope, family, patience, sorting out priorities, finding alternates, or finding ourselves again?

God bless you all and a Happy New year in advance 😊

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