If you’ve grocery shopped recently with a tween or teen, you know these kids shop differently than we shopped at their age.
Knowledge is at their fingertips, so it you want to know the effect of adding Chicoree Angel Hair to your salad, just ask your young companion- he’ll have an answer in two clicks, as his phone is probably already on.
Of course, consider it a minor miracle if a tween or teen will even accompany you to a grocery store. They are major influencers of the shopping list, but typically avoid such boring shopping.
The teen trend of hunting for binge-worthy TV is aging down to tweens.
Entertainment execs have used serialized storytelling to fuel the summertime activity. Longer stories result in deeper engagement by viewers.
And of course, digital tech means those screens go everywhere.
Social media has been blamed for triggering teen disturbances at malls.
As a result, an increasing number of shopping centers are banning unaccompanied minors on weekend nights. Although some mall officials add curfews only on holiday weekends, restrictions are becoming more widespread.
Hanging out at the pool has been a traditional place for teens to meet and make new friends; technology has changed that.
Now, social media and playing networked games are prime places. More than half of teens meet new friends online, and that works year-round.
Unplugging is making waves this winter.
Screen addiction – especially to cell phones – has become so widespread among teens, that high schools have identified digital cleanse days.
In some schools, teams or clubs have organized unplug challenges. Ceremonies and rituals are developing around the “turn off” times or “lock down”, as teens prepare to live without screens for 24 hour periods.
But will that brief pause prevent attachment from becoming addiction? It’s worth a try.
Too many Facebook friends can increase pressure on teens.
That was a summary statement pulled from recent research out of Canada. Although the sample size was small, the effects of online pressure is certain to be studied again, across a broader population and for longer periods of time.
It’s easy to understand how having 300 or more Facebook friends could trigger a swing from a teen celebrating online popularity to feeling online pressure. Just think how kids feel who have 1,000+ friends!
Transparent media coverage of teen moms and sexting should make it easier for parents to talk with tweens and teens about sex.
But is that happening IRL (in real life)?
I wonder how many parent-child conversations include discussions of body image, respect and healthy relationships.