The Kids of 2020

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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%

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.

YouTube

McDonalds

Oreos

Consumer spending

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.

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Dale Hudson has been serving in children's ministry for over 30 years. He is an author, speaker and ministry leader.  He is the founder and director of Building Children's Ministry. BCM helps churches build strong leaders, teams and children's ministries.  (www.buildingchildrensministry.com)