It’s Time to Fight Back: Teens Beat Covid-19 with Creativity
Updated: May 17
With stay-at-home orders in place due to the coronavirus, many teens are turning to new methods to stay entertained and occupy their time in the comfort of their homes.
Although in-person social activities are not allowed for the time being, teenagers are using technology to their advantage. One teen started a chat room for her friends, where they also hold daily meetings to stay up to date with each other’s lives. Another decided to create a podcast, where guests on his show were invited to sit six feet away and contribute. FaceTime, Houseparty, and Zoom have become common tools among teens, allowing them to have face-to-face interactions.
Alongside socializing with friends, starting (or finishing) large projects has also become a common quarantine activity. Finding new things to do that may not have been a priority before the coronavirus is a great way to relax, learn, and socialize.
From learning to bake bread and cook for the family to building a computer from scratch, finding new hobbies or dedicating more time to them has become common ground. Many teenagers are taking virtual workout classes together - something that was not a popular go-to friend activity in the pre-COVID 19 world - and others are painting murals on their walls. Quarantine has shown how teens can step away from their past daily routines, and find something they enjoy doing in their home environments.
Despite the obvious downsides of being stuck at home, being able to connect with others through technology allows for unique experiences to be created unlike before. With much more free time - where maybe some teens feel bored with - they can still find a way to make money from the comfort of their home. Becoming a gigster using the Kumbaya app lets teens feel like they’re helping someone out while also making some cash - whether it’s doing a Bob Ross painting tutorial with a youngster, baking alongside each other, or working out a pesky math problem.
About Kumbaya (MyKumbaya, Inc.)
Kumbaya App is the first communal marketplace to safely help GenZ teens find gig job opportunities in the care industry, including virtual and in-person tutoring, babysitting, pet walking, music lessons, arts & crafts and more. The app matches parents who need care assistance to trusted teens in their network of contacts who are looking to make money. The Kumbaya App is the safest and most private way for parents to easily hire teens in their community. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the team serves to build multigenerational trust, community and education.
About the Author
Dr. Adi Zief-Balteriski is the Chief Behavioral Officer and co-founder of Kumbaya. She is a psychologist and product manager with a history of working on wellbeing and community products.