Thursday, October 31, 2013

Talking Point #3

Positive Youth Development // Risk, Resiliency & Prevention

I think the main concept of positive youth development is all about support. The risk, resiliency and prevention is all drilled by support and having a support core for youth. I didn't find it surprising that I connected more with this section when taking the survey. But I did think the range with the other sections would be wider seeing as I think I can connect more with positive youth.

I can relate because I felt like when I was growing up I did not have much support so I know growing up how hard it was and that's why I think positive youth development is so important. Letting these kids know they have support and people behind them is definitely a sense of security and makes them feel better.

We all need to hear we are doing something good or looking good no matter what age we are. But imagine more of the impact it has when kids hear it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Talking point #2 - Connections

Connections from Digital Natives & Social Construction of Childhood

This weeks reading I made a connection with week 1's reading of Social Construction of Childhood. Although Sharp talked a little more about Child labor laws I just thought it went into Digital Natives in a sense that these generations are very much different. Most of our grandparent's for some even own parents started working at young ages to help their families survive. In today's generation you don't really see that. That ties in with our parent's were lucky if they had a beeper. Ask a kid what a beeper is and he might not even know.

Sometimes we think how much society and the world can change with just a decade or so. The Digital Natives article was very interesting and relevant to today's education. I'm sure we can all relate to the article. We've all had those teachers that aren't even open to become technology happy. They just are stuck to their roots and don't want to learn. Like Prenksy says it can be difficult for them to learn a new language and I believe it. It took me forever to teach my mom to text. It really was like teaching her a new language. So if something as simple as that I can see older adult struggles on becoming more technology friendly.

Below is a video I thought related to what I mentioned about parent's not being able to text or not understanding.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Talking Point #1

Social Construction Of Childhood

I think most of us can agree that we all had very similar childhoods. Some of us even can say we all picture a childhood fantasy. Where we all just played games, lived without worries, and just was a kid. That is not always the case. As we seen in the article people live very different lives. What society calls normal to us we were playing games; in other societies kids are same age were making those games.

In different countries there is many child labor being taken place. It happens on a daily basis. Children don't get that "childhood dream." It also makes me think of those who are the oldest from their brothers and sisters. Maybe their childhood was to watch over them.

It is also crazy to think how generations are changing. When I was younger and went shopping with my mom I had like two barbie dolls to entertain myself. Now I see kids in strollers with Ipads to watch movies as their parents shop. It is all crazy to me.