Survey reveals teens are concerned about returning to school

Posted at 12:56 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 06:50:41-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new survey is showing how the pandemic is affecting teens as they get ready to head back to school.

Junior Achievement partnered with ENGINE insights to conduct a nationwide survey of 1,000 teens between the ages of 13 to 17.

"The survey showed that teens are just as worried as adults," said marketing manager Jennifer Galligan, "This is the time they are trying to figure out what to do as a future see parents struggling with jobs and unemployment and fear of getting sick."

As many students get ready to go back to school, Galligan says this is a good time for parents to talk to their kids about the pandemic. The survey showed that teens are just as anxious about the effects this pandemic has on school, jobs, and the future.

"They found that two-thirds of teens are concerned about going back to school in person in the fall," said Galligan, "some were concerned the quality of their education would be compromised during the pandemic, they or loved one getting sick, whether they can financially support themselves as adults."

Galligan says with students mostly going back to school remotely - it might not be a bad idea to have them join an after-school program where they can interact with other students and volunteers, even if it is just through a computer screen.

Junior Achievement is providing free virtual resources for parents and students, just click here.