The year 2020 has been full of new challenges for both parents and children alike; often, however, we tend to focus solely on how Covid-19 has affected the lives of adults and those who are working. In fact, children like you may have been more greatly affected due to the drastic change in the handling of school and social interaction. In the following three segments we’ll hear from a few children in the Atlanta, Georgia area whose lives have changed because of Coronavirus.
Robby, Age 11
The Coronavirus is the 4th pandemic in the history of the U.S. and has affected Gen Z kids. The Coronavirus started in China. It spread to the U.S. via overseas travel on airplanes. Schools closed and everyone had to be in their house all the time. I am Robby, and this is my view on the Coronavirus.
With students not going to school, we have been having digital learning. The school busses that used to be carrying children are now carrying food for lunch. Different schools had different ways of communicating to their students. Some used zoom for everyday reviews. Some used Google Meet. Others had live school.
While social distancing has its good points there are bad things. Social distancing means more time with your family, but you can’t visit your friends. Social distancing can also allow couch potatoes to stay inside for a good reason, but people who walk outside daily have to stay inside to walk.
When this is over, I will be really excited to FINALLY hang out with my friends, and go back to school. This will change me because with everyone staying inside, my entire family is exercising every other day. This virus has good parts and bad parts, but I can’t wait to see my friends again.
Clara, Age 8
The coronavirus made me have to do digital learning. The fun stuff is we can play games like badminton, and video games because we have nothing to do. I don’t like coronavirus because I’m not in the classroom, not with my friends, and can’t learn at school.
After the coronavirus, I want to go to a basketball game and see my friends.
Crissy, Age 8
Near the end of the school year, the coronavirus came to Georgia. We had digital learning because of that. I like that I get to see mom more because now she works from home. Before this, she had to go into the city for work. We put up a net for badminton. I don’t like that I can’t see my friends and the adults at school.
After this is over, I would like to go out with my family for pizza.
How Has Covid-19 Affected You?
As we heard from Robby, Clara, and Crissy, this worldwide pandemic has changed children’s lives drastically. With parents at home more, maybe there has been more opportunity to interact and plan things with your family. On the other hand, working from home can be a great challenge for some families – maybe this has led to more stress at home than you’re used to! One thing is for certain: it has been more difficult for everyone to get out and enjoy time together at parks and other recreational areas.
Do you miss school, too? Obviously, now that summer is here you don’t have to worry about school and homework. Unfortunately, many areas are still keeping an eye on the number of Coronavirus cases and staying closed. Are there changes to your life that you think will be permanent, even when Covid-19 is in the past?
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Atlanta Kids TV would love to hear your story. How has this pandemic changed your life, and how do you think these changes will affect the future? How did you feel about digital classrooms and video chatting with your teachers? Do you miss your friends? What new activities has your family been doing to stay busy?
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