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The 21st Century Teenager

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Kevin Mao

on 17 August 2013

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Transcript of The 21st Century Teenager

Minimizing the Problems with Teachers
Thank you for your attention!
The topic that this presentation shall be covering is the 21st Century Teenager.
We shall be
comparing and contrasting the 21st century teenager with the late
20th century teenager, in terms of lifestyle, social life and technology.
trying to define the 21st century teenager
trying to find how they live, grow up and how they discover the world they live in
trying to find the reason for the large gap between the late 20th
and 21st century teenagers

The key terms:
21st century teenager
late 20th century teenager.
Negative Outcomes
21st Century Teenager vs. 20th Century Teenager
There is a gap of understanding between the late 20th and 21st century teenagers
Adults, parents and teachers alike, do not understand what the 21st century teenager is or understand the world that they live in
Are teenagers today less interactive than their parents?
What is the basis of the appeal for technology?
Positive Outcomes
Too much of dependence on technology
Advancement of technology
Technology is faster and more efficient
Much more information that is easily accessible
More social and connected through the myriad of social networking sites
Much more intelligent (tech-savvy and knows security risks)
Teenagers now have more ways of expression, through blogging platforms, Twitter, as well as other sites where they can post their creative works
Social life and lifestyle seem to be less physical
More of an inability to communicate and interact in person
Next Steps
Maximizing the Benefits
Working With the Outcomes
Know that there are many hamrful effects of depending on technology
E.g. Worsening eyesight, shorter attention spans, etc.
When doing homework, avoid having the computer/music/tv turned on
Take a break every so often - walk the dog! do some pushups!
Try to have "detox" periods every once in a while
Technology is great, but too much of a good thing is bad as well
Minmizing the Problems with Students
Next Steps
Understand that students today learn differently than from 10 years ago
Change the school curriculum - technology can make it more engaging
IDC classes - teachers can be introduced to various technologies to use in the classrooms
Use technology to enhance the classroom experience for the "21st Century Teenager"
Instead of fearing technology, embrace it
Continue using technology but know your limits
Embrace the availibility of information and technology
Connect using social networking sites but remember nothing beats plain talking
Use the various forms of expression (blogging, email) to spread messages that could better the community and the world as a whole.
Avoid sending/posting messages of a negative nature.
Background Information
A girl has become so dependent on her phone that she says that she would rather give up her kidneys before relinquishing control of her cell phone. According to the article, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has proven that 75% of all teenagers (58% of 12-year-olds) now own a cell-phone. About half of those users send more than 50 text messages per day.
Define the 21st century teenager
Compare and contrast the youths from the 20th and 21st centuries
The reasoning behind the gap between these two centuries
Conducted primary research (articles and websites)
Created a set of interview questions
Interviewed teachers and students alike
Produced a video
The 21st century can be defined by the availability of information, social networking sites and the rapid advancement of technlogy
The large gap between the two centuries was caused by the rapid advancement of technology
Lifestyles and social life between the two time-periods are similar.
However, communication and the non-physical social life in the 21st century varied greatly when compared to the 20th century counterparts.
E.g. Communication via telephone vs. communication via texting.
"I'd rather give up my kidney than my phone"
Background Information
"New Media and Society"
The explosion in social networking sites such as MySpace,
Facebook, Bebo and Twitter are widely known as
exciting opportunities, especially for the youth of today. This
article explores teenagers' practices of social networking in
order to uncover the subtle connections between online
opportunity and risk. The article also explores the teenagers' concept of 'friends' with the binary classification of social networking sites, this being one of several means by which online privacy is shaped and undermined by the affordances of these sites.
To read the full article, visit this link: http://nms.sagepub.com/content/10/3/393.full.pdf+html
The late 20th and 21st century teenagers are defined differently but they are not as different as we would like to think
The 21st century can be defined by the availability of information, countless networking sites and an incredible leap in technology
Whereas the late 20th century teenagers can be defined by the transition and emerging of technology and the availability of technology
Both the late 20th and 21st century practically have the same lifestyle and social life, it's just that technology plays a much larger role in the lifestyle and social life
The advancement in technology creates a gap of understanding which will always exist as long as technology keeps moving forward
As long as technology keeps advancing and the gap continues to exist, we, the IDC students shall keep reporting
Background Information
Final Video
Teenagers Today: Lazy, Cynical, Selfish? Or Just Teenagers?
Blog Prompt
According to a study done by LiveScience, teenagers of today are much less trusting
They are also a lot more cynical
Brent Donnellan, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University, stated that ""We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same as they were back in the mid-1970s,"
Millennials are the people born between the time periods of 1982 and 1999.
It appears that people born between those two years "value leisure time over work and to place a premium on rewards such as higher salaries and status."
To read the full article, visit this link: http://parentingsquad.com/teenagers-today-lazy-cynical-selfish-or-just-teenagers
We have also conducted interviews with students (about their lifestyles today) and teachers (regarding when they were teenagers).
(note: some Diigo sources are not highlighted because they are .PDF documents)
What are some major differences between your lifestyle and that of your parents as teenagers? Research some of the fads, trends, and lifestyles of when your parents were adolesents. How would you feel if you had to, for one day, live in the age when your parents were your age? Which lifestyle would you prefer to live in and why?
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