HOW PANDEMIC IMPACT THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES

  • ONLINE CLASS
    Educational institutes across the world have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardizing the academic calendars. Most educational institutes have shifted to online learning platforms to keep academic activities going. Nevertheless, COVID-19 has been a trigger for educational institutions to pursue creative approaches on relatively short notice. During this time, most of the universities have shifted to online mode using Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Gmeet, or other online platforms. But the effectiveness of e-learning is still not clearly understood, particularly for a developing area, where the technical constraints like suitability of devices and bandwidth availability.
  • YOUTH ORGANIZATION ACTIVITIES
    In terms of the effects of the pandemic, the majority of youth organizations stated they had to cancel their programs due to a lack of funding and/or difficulties in keeping the organizations motivated through distance. Also, for the organizations working mostly on youth mobility activities, the impact would continue to be visible. Most of them had had to cancel their mobility activities and, when and where possible, to move some of these planned activities online. The same happened for the organizations running national and international volunteering programs, most of them were unable to continue these programs. Apart from having a reduced base for the selection of volunteers, that members tended to be less motivated and involved to support the activities. 
  • WORK FROM HOME
    Since pandemic covid-19 attacks, Work from home become the new trend in the youth generation in Indonesia. The government had restricted offline activities including work. They have changed the methods and cultures of work in many organizations, the working from home (WFH) phenomenon as an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, there are still a few organizations that have given the flexibility to work for their employees, especially government employees as public servants. WFH provides benefits for many organizations where many expenses can be cut such as rent for office buildings, employee mess, and other work support facilities that must be prepared by the employer. While doing WFH, many people feel a balance in carrying out their work and social life, they can divide their time between doing work and their social lives, WFH is given freedom in determining the time and place of work, this is because there are no restrictions in the working hours. By doing WFH, many employees can do multitask and still feel comfortable in their work. However, when working at home, many employees lose focus on work and decrease motivation in working because the mindset and situation about the perception of the home is a place to rest. 
  • SOCIAL MEDIA 
    The development of social media is increasing every year, especially in the conditions of the coronavirus outbreak. The development of social media in Indonesia has experienced a very significant increase. Based on the data obtained, it is stated that Indonesia is the 3rd largest internet user in the world along with Japan and India. The urgent need for young people to be better supported in their engagement with social media is even more significant now during COVID-19. since the social distancing measures came into effect, young people are spending more hours per day on social media, and that there has been an influx of health information shared via social media that is not moderated, and users are required to make judgments on content that is high quality and evidence-based vs content that Is visually appealing and is sometimes factually incorrect. At the same time, social media provides opportunities to connect young people with friends and family members and addresses key social development issues. In this context, the default position to ban and block social media use is likely to be unhelpful to young people and their development. Instead, the key challenge facing many young people is knowing how to maximize opportunities and minimize the potential risks of social media.

Writer : Olivia Anjanette

References

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Muthuprasad, P. Aiswarya, S. Aditya, K.S. Girish, K. (2020). Students Perception and Preference for Online Education in India during COVID -19 Pandemic. Social Sciences & Humanities Open Journal, 3(2021).

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