The Millennial Adolescent by Nan Bahr, Donna Prendergast

By Nan Bahr, Donna Prendergast

Academics play a pivotal position within the lives of youngsters. they're charged with the accountability to coach teenagers to stay as energetic, knowledgeable and engaged individuals of society. The Millennial Adolescent bargains modern, stimulating and suitable insights to these at the moment instructing, in addition to these getting ready to turn into lecturers of young people. It comprises famous frameworks for constructing understandings approximately young people, combined and contrasted with a latest socio-cultural building of early life, set in our par ticular time, period and society. This e-book displays the individuality of Australian contexts, whereas connecting with foreign tendencies and international styles.

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The current generation of youth is the best educated so far. However, 115 million children are not in school, and 130 million young people are illiterate. Employment In spite of the progress achieved in education, global youth unemployment has increased to a record high of 88 million. There is growing pressure on young people to compete in an increasingly globalised labour market. Globalisation Young people are adaptable and perhaps best able to make use of the new opportunities offered by globalisation.

In 2002: • • • 61% of Australian households had access to a computer at home, up from 44% of households in 1998 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2003); 46% of Australian households had home Internet access, up from 16% of households in 1998 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2003); 46% of 14 year olds, 55% of 15 year olds and 73% of 16 year olds have their own, personal mobile phone (Davidson, 2004); 30 The Millennial Adolescent • • 12% of children aged 6–9 use text messaging at least once per day; 49% for those aged 10–14; and 80% for 15–17 year olds (Giles, 2004); 48% of young people use the Internet for downloading music files, with 5% reporting that that’s the main reason they use the Internet (Davidson, 2004).

Her research reveals that children and adolescents 32 The Millennial Adolescent use on-line virtual worlds to experiment with the construction of their identities and this has both positive and negative effects. Furthermore, young people may struggle with the shift from virtual reality to reality, as their skills, relationships, power base and so on may in fact be radically different in reality to that experienced in the virtual world. Anderson (2003, p. 115) also raises concerns, noting strongly that ‘the evidence is now clear that playing violent video games increases aggressive behaviour and decreases prosocial behaviour in children and young adults’.

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