Adolescents are part of the generation which has been born into and continues to grow up in the digital world. Consequently, they use digital media as a way of life. Don Tapscott, who calls them the Net Generation, notes that "this generation . . . . is the first to grow up surrounded by digital media. . . . they think it's all part of the natural landscape" (1998, p.1). In saying this Tapscott shows that digital media is taken for granted by adolescents since it has always been a part of their lives. This further helps us to understand why in wanting to go where teens are, learning through digital media is important in this collaborative enterprise. However, nothing removes the importance of real time interaction which is also a part of adolescents' lives. Nevertheless, we need to have as one of our ongoing projects as youth leaders/workers/pastors, learning how to engage adolescents in that world in which they are comfortable. Engage means meet with, guide, and challenge when and as necessary.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Loving God, Loving Neighbor