The University of Southampton

Young people capture COVID-19 experiences through a lens

LifeLab has been supporting a number of research projects involving young people and their experiences through the Covid-19 pandemic .

The TeC-19: Teenagers experiences of COVID-19 project started with consultations that took place with young people on the day of the lockdown, asking and recording how young people were dealing with the restrictions and how effective they thought the information was that was being given to them.

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As part of that project the TeC-19 team launched a photo competition, open to all participants involved in UKTeC-19, to try and find an image that represents what lockdown means to young people and received some amazing entries. The photos captured the wide range of emotions experienced by young people during this time, from boredom and loneliness, to creativity and inspiration.


The photos are now being displayed on the TeC-19 Instagram account to showcase the talent of these young people.

The TeC:19 project has now grown and is being used by research teams in sites across the world and also resulted in the production of support materials, the #ForOurFuture pack, a free downloadable pack that signposts young people to opportunities and organisations that can support them in keeping active and taking part in activities from volunteering to new interests, academic skills and brushing up their CV.