Jonathon McKee has been working with youth for a long time and he has a great resource for anyone working with youth. The Source is a website where you can find all kinds of help in teaching teens, understanding the lingo, as well as finding hundreds of games to play that require little or no setup.
But fun and games isn’t all that he offers. On his blog, which is linked in the site, he often gives parents and youth workers helpful information on teaching youth in the culture that our children are growing up in as well as providing insight on current trends, music, & movies that consume this generation.
Here is an article that was published recently that tells what kids really want.
Every teen wants a cool cell phone. Most want slick cars. Many want the latest video game. No surprise, right? But there’s one thing teenagers want that may surprise you—especially since it doesn’t cost a dime.
But that doesn’t mean it’s gonna be cheap, either.
Disappearing Face Time
If you’re part of a typical American family, you’re constantly strapped for time. Life is busy, work is demanding, and kids participate in every sort of extracurricular activity imaginable. Tag on chores, school, and homework, and you’ve got a recipe for family members living together…yet isolated in silos.
There’s little to no “face time.”
In fact, Dr. Robert Evans, author of Family Matters, notes, “A typical father will spend less than three minutes per day alone with a child who has reached his or her teenage years.”