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But what do we really know about this group of to year-olds, a population of more than 30 million people? Some see that teenagers are outperforming their teachers and parents in technology.
But others worry that they are "secretive," unsupervised—just a Web site or a video game away from becoming dangerous and violent. Generation X, that nebulous population characterized by shopping malls, cynicism, and s television reruns, has finally given way to the next generation, raised more on the Internet and video games than on The Brady Bunch and Schoolhouse Rock.
How are they represented? And what, if any, common experiences do they share and bring into the classroom? Although generation gaps have always existed, and older generations have always disparaged the activities and interests of the young, the way we talk about teens has shifted.
As Henry Giroux, author of Channel Surfing, says, "Youth are no longer seen as at-risk anymore; they are the risk. According to the report, more than seven in 10 adults think that teens are "rude," "irresponsible," or "wild"p.
Moreover, adults say that teens lack values, character, and basic civility. This, despite the fact that the majority of teens surveyed feel that they have good relationships with their parents, strong religious beliefs, and good friends. The education media also portray a new deterioration of teen values.
The lead article, which gives results from a survey of high school teachers, states that nine out of 10 teachers say that cheating is a problem, and half say that they encounter students cheating in most of their classes Bushweller, According to teachers, this is because of an "erosion of ethics in a self-centered culture" p.
But others argue that these negative assertions simply do not measure up. Statistics show that juvenile crime has fallen, teen pregnancy has dropped, and teen drug use has declined Seibold, Mike Malesauthor of The Scapegoat Generation, attacks these myths head on: Youth are less violent, they take better care of themselves, they are less self-destructive, and they take fewer drugs than in past decades.
Males tells us, "School killings receive enormous attention not because they are routine, but because they are rare. Every year, as many as 3, kids are murdered by parents. Henry Giroux also comments on this paradox: What is missing in this perceived threat to childhood innocence is the contradiction between adult concern for the safety of children and the reality of how children are treated by adults on a daily basis.
In press "We tend to demonize youth," says Giroux. And because young people not only symbolize our future, but they also are our future, this demonization is peculiarly sad and pointedly destructive.
Media Representations What may add to this disturbing representation of youth are the negative media portrayals, which show teens as uninterested in the world around them, materialistic, and anti-intellectual. Particularly offensive are stereotypes of young African American males, who are often depicted as hostile, criminal, violent, or valued only for their athletic ability.
At the same time, youth culture is everywhere in the media. And teens seem to be running the show, or at least running Hollywood, as the New York Times Magazine suggests in a cover story, "Teenseltown" Hirschberg, The Fox and WB networks have typically catered to a teen audience, but now the faces and themes on the other networks are getting younger and younger.
Giroux argues that for youth culture to thrive, it must find a medium that allows self-representation and an authentic exploration of youth values and concerns.
Instead of offering teens self-expression, the media and ultimately those who own the media control what is aired. As one Virginia 12th grader commented, "The shows focus on the social lives of teens. The typical teenager is portrayed as someone who just likes to have fun.The Whys and Hows of Generations Research.
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The survey question that asked about devices asked teens whether they “have or have access to” a list of five tools: smartphones, basic phones, desk or laptop computers, tablets and game consoles.
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