Monday, February 20, 2012

Creating Teens

Sometimes we forget the power of creative expression. Yes, creativity is all around us; so much so that we can take it for granted. The CRC health group has posted the results of a survey that tells us how much teens are creating online. They are quite prolific.
Teens Creating Online Content In Record Numbers | CRC Health ...
A recent survey suggests that content creation by teenagers is growing by leaps and bounds, with 64% of online teenagers age 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of online content creation.

At the same time, this unprecedented and easy means of creating and sharing creations can have sad overtones. Do you know these young ladies or people like them? What sends young girls to these lengths?

Tragic Trend: Teens Ask YouTube Commenters If They're Ugly
I thought Formspring was bad, but this disturbing new trend of YouTube videos in which young women (and a few men) ask YouTube commenters whether they're ugly or not might be even worse.

Maybe the backgrounds of the teens in the videos in the post above are different from those in the post below, but are they any less at risk? The difference between the two posts is that whereas above the teenage girls are speaking to an anonymous audience, many of whom will be callous and uncaring in their response, in the post below there are caring adults present. These adults are mentors who will be helping teenage girls to write for empowerment.

At-risk teens to write their way to confidence
The diverse group is composed of teens overcoming harrowing hurdles as well as girls seeking an opportunity for self-empowerment and mentorship. The Write of Your Life is a 10-week writing and mentorship program ...

And here's another form of expression that empowers - slam poetry. Take the time to listen to the poignant poem at the top of the page.

'Louder Than a Bomb' returns, bringing teens' feelings in poetic form ...
Chicago can proudly boast its reputation as the city that made poetry cool for teenagers -- slam poetry, at least. Competitive, raw, and onstage, it's a medium that has helped thousands of teenagers channel their budding ...

Given these insights:

  • How do we channel the creative impulse and creativity so that it becomes a move toward wholeness? The Psalms are replete with examples. How are we using these?
  • How are we availing ourselves of the windows our students give into their lives through their online creations as we invite them into a deeper faith in Christ?
  • Where are the adult mentors in our youth and student ministries who will make time for creativity and empowerment?
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