Seventeen was a rite of passage. Not yet on our own, but full of force, promise and independence, ensconced in a still-present safety net of support. Friendship was abundant, fierce and fiery. Disappointments permeated, but fun prevailed. When else in our lives do all of these forces converge with such fervor?
The start of a New Year has always been a time of reflection for me -- looking back on what I have done, where I came from, and who helped me along the way. The start of 2015 is no different. Let us as a country reflect on where we are, how we got here, and how can we empower our youth to become better citizens for tomorrow.
What exactly is a "digital native" and more importantly, what should we non-"digital native" educators do to help students manage their online identities? That's a question Youth Radio--an Oakland-based, youth-driven media production company--set out to answer, by developing curriculum resources that prepare teachers to nurture conscious youth in the digital world.