However, the very first result that came up on my search was Teens Talk Back Videos This website was full of videos teenagers had made regarding their opinions and experiences with issues such as: cyber bullying, social media, friendships, meeting people from the internet, posting inappropriate photos online, relationships, broken promises etc. Basically anything a teenager may have to deal, these teenagers have posted a video for it. There's this preconceived idea that teenagers don't care and have no opinions and that issues like this do not concern them. However, this website proves otherwise. This website shows that teenagers are interested in what goes on and (unlike adults may think) can carry on intelligent conversations about serious issues. They have opinions and teenagers relate to other teenagers.
I also found this Dear Abby news article as I was searching. In her letter to "Dear Abby" this teen girl was talking about conforming to her parents religion. However, I thought the way she said "I don't understand why adults tell me to be an independent thinker, to embrace myself, and then put me down for not conforming. Why is it outrageous to come to your own conclusions, speculate, challenge accepted ideas..." This girl is absolute correct. Parents and society are always trying to tell teenagers be who you want to be, express yourself...just do it in a way that fits into society's norm. You want to to challenge the accepted idea? Sure! Just don't challenge it publicly where you'll be considered outside of what is considered "normal" or accepted. The girl then goes on to say that parents want their children to smile and nod and be that "normal" accept all society says so they can have the "superficial satisfaction" of saying they raised their child correctly when all the while the parent is being challenged and nothing is really as it seems.
I think sometimes "adults" forget that they were once teenagers (which ties into our course assumption: teenagers are not some alien life form.) Adults move on from that "phase" in their life and forget that they once lived through and faced the same challenges. Technically at 20 I'm considered an adult but I look back at "being a teenager" as if I still am one.
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I'm interested to see what everyone else found. I'm interested to see if others found the same results I did, parenting websites and such, as the first results.