The information age has made Americans, arguably, the most informed generation in all of human history.
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With millions of American kids carrying virtual libraries of information in their hip pockets these days via their smart phones, how can this generation of smart-phone aficionados still be labeled the dumbest generation? Today’s guest helps us sort this out.
You have more than likely heard one of our many interviews with today’s guest, Mark Bauerlein, here on this blog or on our broadcast License to Parent. Mark is the author of The Dumbest Generation and is a professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Understanding What We Mean by Dumbest Generation
We talk regularly about our concern for the “dumbing down” of today’s American young people, our nation, and the church.
In fact, I’m convinced more now than ever that our kids are being inundated with an arsenal of useless information that is being used to pollute their minds.
It’s information that is too often used to promote carnal lusts and evil, rather than information that can promote positive development for mankind.
For more information on understanding what the “dumbest generation” means you can go here.
Also, today’s episode is a two-part series. You can access part two of today’s episode here.
How Do You Approach a Teen from the Dumbest Generation
Parents need to learn to approach their teens and other teens within this generation by:
- Demeanor is important, be attentive!
- Discuss with your kids how to properly use technology.
- You have to believe what happens to them is crucial.
- Teens can smell a fake. Don’t fake empathy, listen.
Do Teens in Today’s Culture Want Boundaries
Believe it or not teens not only need boundaries, they want them. Mark helps us understand this concept better.
- Teens are desperate for an authoritative voice. A voice that stands above them to lay out boundaries.
- Consider Simon Cowell, once a judge on American Idol. As tough as he was, his honest feedback was wanted.
- Don’t cheapen the truth by lowering the bar and rewarding them for cheap successes. Kids will do what is required of them.
Conversation Starter: What are some steps your family is taking to prevent the dumbing down of your teen?