Anxiety Affects Youth
- Parent Category: Lower-Intermediate News Lessons
- Category: Culture Lessons
- Written by Chris Cotter
A lot has been said about the poor economy. People have lost jobs, homes, and savings. Yet little has been said about the economic problems and how they will affect the youth of today. At least until now.
The Millennials will perhaps receive the biggest shock because they have grown up with promises of comfort. They believed there would always be jobs, money, vacations, and success. Unfortunately, as these twenty-somethings now enter the job market or try to change their jobs, the positions available don't meet their high expectations. Current career decisions have a long-term affect too. In addition, there is the possibility that Millennials will blame their parents when past promises don't meet present reality.
The youngest children may experience the greatest effects because they notice their parents' fears and worries about money. These children will then see the world more negatively than older children and twenty-somethings.
As for teenagers, they know and understand the current situation, but they also remember a more comfortable childhood. As a result, they may try to prevent something similar from affecting them again. Teens will pay more attention to the economy and business, and this will affect their studies at college and their careers. This age group also won't believe that children live better, more prosperous lives than their parents.
Preview some of the lesson material:
Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- I am worried about the current economic problems.
- The current economic problems affect young people of today.
- The current economic problems will have a long-term effect on young people.
- The current economic problems affect adults more than children.
- The current economic problems affect teenagers more than young children.
True or False?: Guess (before the article) or answer (after the article) whether the sentence is true or false. If false, correct the sentence.
- According to the article, Millennials will be affected the most.
- Millennials are anyone who is currently looking for a job.
- Young children see and understand, but can't explain, their parents' worries.
- Teenagers will focus on the economy and business in the future.
- Teenagers might not believe they can be more successful than their parents.
post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!
- What do you think about the current economic problems? Please explain.
- How do you think the current economic problems will affect you in the future?
- Do you agree about the current economic problems and their effects on children?
- Do you believe that children tend to be better off than their parents? Why/not?
- Will the future be positive or negative because of the current economic problems?
Google Search: Type "anxiety" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.