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New Survey Reveals Teens Anxieties During COVID-19

Wednesday April 29th, 2020

Source : Common Sense Media

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2020—The spread of the coronavirus has upended life for American teenagers, with 95% reporting the cancellation of in-person classes at their schools. Eight out of 10 teens say they're following news about the coronavirus pandemic closely, and more than 60% are worried that they or someone in their family will be exposed to the virus and that it will have an effect on their family's ability to earn a living, according to a new poll by Common Sense and SurveyMonkey.

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The survey also found that teenagers of color, in particular, are more likely to say they're worried about exposure to the virus and the potential economic effects on their families, with Hispanic/Latino teenagers worried most about the impact on their families' abilities to make a living.

School has been disrupted for the majority of students, and many teens don't have regular communication with their teachers. Almost one in four teens say they're connecting with their teachers less than once a week, and 41% haven't attended an online or virtual class since in-person school was canceled. And with 12 million students nationwide living in homes without a broadband connection, the closure of schools has even more serious implications, amplifying existing inequities.

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