iPad or Driver’s License?
Given a choice between getting their driver’s license or an iPad, many teens would opt for an iPad. Turns out the car is no longer the driver of teens’ social lives, instead Wi-Fi and the social media are. And why not, everything central to teens can be accessed with a click: music, movies, and even their friends. Consequently, the number of teen drivers is at a 30-year low—a cultural shift that disturbs car manufacturers. When asked if they would rather lose their phone, computer, or car privileges, 65% of teens opted for losing the car.
It’s 11 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
This Public Service Announcement aired in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s to remind parents of local youth curfews. In California, teens are not allowed to drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 p.m., so most likely today’s teens are in their bedrooms and on their computers. Two titles in the San Mateo Library system may help you better understand your teen’s proclivity for digital domains: Inside the Teenage Brain and Logged On And Tuned Out: A Nontechie's Guide to Parenting a Tech-savvy Generation.
Screen-Free Week 2013
April 29 through May 5 is Screen-Free Week, an annual celebration that encourages the turning OFF of TV, video and mobile games, and other screens used for entertainment, and turning ON the world by thinking, reading, playing, daydreaming, exploring nature, enjoying family and friends-- unplugged. It’s a TALL order for teens (and be honest, for parents too), but Brisbane Library invites you and your teens to participate in a Collaborative Art Project, May 3 at 1 p.m. ARTifact art studio co-founder and participants will decorate the library ramp with a large scale sidewalk art installation. Other teen-friendly events include a Cupcake Decorating Workshop Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m. All supplies are provided.
Paula Hess is a Brisbane Public Library Intern. She relinquished her car five years ago for a greener lifestyle, but considers food, clothing, shelter, and Wi-Fi