Tweens Balance Online + Offline Life: Update
In early March I wrote about “Julie’s” choice to give MySpace up in recognition of the Lenten season, and as promised I followed up with Julie’s mom to see how things went. You’ll find her response below.
I was glad to hear an update on Julie’s experience giving up MySpace and sorry to learn about her family’s accident! The most fascinating piece of what Mom had to share was how Julie’s tween peers self mobilized to “do good” by supporting their friend in her time of need. Not only does this display a level of tech savvy and understanding about the viral capabilities of instantaneous communication, but it also demonstrates kids’ eagerness to rally around one another to help each other through some of their most difficult experiences. Again and again our teams sees and hears examples of young people doing the right thing, but these stories of compassion aren’t what make the evening news.
Thanks again to Julie’s mom for sharing her insight!