CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CORRELATIVES WITH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.
IT FOSTERS COMMUNITY ACTION.
“The internet and social media have been a useful tool for youth to mobilize and get the word out about issues that matter to them,” says Ellen Middaugh, Ph.D., assistant professor of child and adolescent development at San José State University. Whether teens are raising money and supplies to help hurricane victims and homeless youth or registering people to vote, the benefits go beyond helping others. “Civic engagement gives youth a chance to feel like their voice matters, reinforces a sense of identity and purpose, and creates connections they can draw on in the future,” Middaugh says. Help guide kids by checking out youth-focused sites like dosomething.org, which gives them a digital platform to find causes they’re passionate about and take action.
83% OF PARENTSARE FRIENDSWITH THEIR TEENSON FACEBOOK.