The Kids of 2020
Today’s kids are living in the shadow of Covid-19. They face challenges and opportunities that most of us never faced when we were growing up.
Let’s take a closer look at the unique traits and situations that are defining today’s kids.
These stats and findings can provide relevant topics for kids’ lessons, parenting classes and more.
A recent report from Kidscreen revealed that…
29% of families are facing financial strain.
27% of kids are struggling with the “new normal.”
22% worry about their family.
37% worry about their families’ health.
17% worry about their own health.
26% worry about their friends.
30% say their are bored most of the time.
47% are unsure how long they have to stay at home.
Kids ages 6 to 12 describe themselves as…
- depressed or sad – 11%
- stressed or overwhelmed – 10%
- mad or frustrated – 7%
- scared or worried – 6%
Issues kids are concerned about…
- human rights
Kids miss their friends, but are keeping in touch with…
- phone calls – 38%
- FaceTime – 37%
- texting – 32%
- Zoom calls – 28%
- video game chats – 27%
- social media – 23%
32% of parents say they have grown closer to their children during this pandemic.
15 billion were out of school due to the pandemic in the month of April.
3 out of 4 kids around the world are still unable to access remote learning because they live in rural or poor households.
77% of parents took over their child’s education through homeschooling.
1 in 4 elementary schools did not implement any digital learning solutions.
37% of parents say they have struggled to find a balance between teaching and working.
How kids are spending their time…
29% – using a camera
27% – playing video games
65% – using a smartphone
82% – watching TV
36% – reading a book
48% – playing outside
11% – hanging out with friends
Top activities families like to do together…
69% – watching TV or movies
67% – cooking and baking
62% – playing video games
61% – playing cards or board games
51% – building things with Legos and models
52% – art crafts and projects
What is selling? Top 3 brands among kids 6 to 12 years old.
video games increased by $700 million dollars in the first quarter
skateboards – 107%
arts and craft supplies – 11%
books – 117%
webcams – 116%
activity books – 458%
puzzles – 37%
non-fiction books and school books – 127%
outdoor sports and toys – 27%
keyboards – 62%
This data provides great insight into the lives of the kids of 2020. I would encourage you to take these findings and use it as a guideline as you prepare lessons, activities, games, etc. for both your online kids and kids who are worshiping in person. This list is a great resource for teaching topics, skits, games and other parts of your kids’ worship.
Remember…today’s kids are not yesterday’s kids. Things are much different than when you were a kid. We must be willing to adapt and make changes to be relevant for today’s kids.
This article originally appeared here.