The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis.
This current global pandemic is a formative period for our youth.
Older generations need to support and accommodate them.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents risks to the safety, development, and rights of the world’s children.
Generation Z (Gen Z) is the young generation.
Their stress rate is higher than that of any previous generation.
The pandemic adds more stress to youth’s already high stress levels.
The pandemic is likely to continue for an extended period.
It is an important time to support our young generation.
EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC:
The pandemic is affecting our youth in many ways.
Depending upon world location there could be different issues.
Some issues are:
Concern about the spread of the virus;
Effects on health and well being;
Strict social distancing measures;
School and workplace closure;
Limited contact with friends;
Closures lasting longer than expected;
Changing teaching and learning environments;
Disruption of their academic journey;
Loss of household income;
Worry about the health of their families;
Loss of family members and the associated grief;
Lack of access to basic food essentials;
Increase in family violence;
Major effects on the economy;
Summer jobs, internships, and full-time jobs cancelled;
Possible recession in much of the world;
Bigger impact on the lower socioeconomic populations;
Political changes and impact on the world;
Increase in racism and discrimination; and
Mental health challenges.
For Generation Z, the current global pandemic is a formative moment.
The younger, more impressionable demographic groups will be effected.
They are still developing key elements in their approach to life.
The future is uncertain.
Events like the current pandemic:
Often create fear and uncertainty;
Change how people view the world, the past, and the future;
Effect how people take risks and make decisions.
They are part of the most racially and ethnically diverse generation.
They embrace those differences in ways adults seem to struggle.
Gen Z has always had the internet at their fingertips.
They are now utilizing the same digital skills to their advantage.
The pandemic will change how they view work and learning.
They often become more attached to an online network of friends.
They are not limited to a geographic-based community.
They feel more supported by others.
They learn to cope with their own challenges.
They are resilient and innovative.
They can navigate multiple worlds.
They bounce between physical and digital spaces with ease.
They push boundaries and challenge norms.
They are courageous and put themselves out there for the world to see and criticize.
They find ingenious ways to compensate for any gaps they have.
They are on track to become the most well educated generation yet.
Gen Z showed some of the lowest levels of concern about the coronavirus.
They tend to use online tools to stay close to friends and family.
Gen Z shows the lowest sense of disruption.
Gen Z is ahead of the curve on using technology.