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GENERATION C: GROWING UP IN THE PANDEMIC

A RED SUMMIT DOCUMENTARY

In the spring of 2020, the world faced a life-altering phenomenon in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. It challenged and reshaped every aspect of life in the United States and around the globe. In the face of confusing messages about public health, alarming statistics about infection rates, and the isolating feeling of being stuck indoors, people of all ages were at a loss for what to do or what to say. But the perspectives of one particular demographic frequently got left out of the conversation: children.

While adults were figuring out remote work, rent and mortgage extensions, government stipends, and household safety, children were continuing to grow up and experience the world- a world that was very different from the one any previous generation had experienced. At the most crucial developmental stage of their life, children in 2020 were forced to stay at home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no physical school, no interaction with friends or peers, and a historic event looming over their heads that some understood and some didn’t.

How was growing up during the pandemic so different than growing up before it? What implications did the coronavirus quarantine have for children? The RSP team received a great response from families around the country and we carefully selected thirteen to answer these questions during a series of remote interviews with both the parents and children. We provided instructions for each of our families to capture footage of their children in their day to day lives, and guiding questions to help best tell their story. We sought out expert testimony from Dr. Janet Taylor (Good Morning America, PBS, The Today Show), who helped to give scientific and professional context to these conversations. What we received back was inspiring and overwhelming, and we’re so excited to share it with our audience. A huge thank you to everyone involved! 

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR FAMILIES AFTER VIEWING

  • What scene did you like most?
  • How can you relate to what the kids said?
  • How has being home impacted you?
  • What would you like to talk about with me, us?
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