The tech blogosphere is talking about teens and Guy rolling in with an article with Goldstein
Question: Why do teenagers blog?
Some teens still keep written diaries with their deepest thoughts
scrawled in them hidden away in their bedrooms, but this generation is
more comfortable putting that stuff out there for their friends—and
often the general public—to read.
Most teens blog
as yet another way to communicate with their friends. They are more
about the commenting back and forth and keeping the conversation going
than writing lengthy blog posts. That said, there are lots of teens who
post poetry and photographs and who actively journal on their blogs as
well as teens who blog about specific topics like tech or music. Check
out this teen-run blog network: Random Shapes.
Question: What is healthy sexual behavior for a teenager?
That’s a tricky question. I believe in teaching teens about human
sexuality with a more holistic and developmental approach vs. focusing
on just whether or not to have it and what kinds of diseases you can
catch if you do.
A really positive and accurate site for teens about sex is Sex, etc.
Teens meeting strangers online to “hook up” is rare—it does happen, but
I would venture to say it’s a teen who is already engaging in other
kinds of high-risk behaviors. Is “cybering” healthy sexual activity?
I’m not a psychologist, but it’s definitely safe sex!
Question: What big brands truly “get” teenagers?
I’m not saying this just because you worked with Apple, but ever since
the iPod launched, teens love Apple as much as any Mac fanatic. And
it’s not that Apple is marketing to them specifically, they just have
created great products and design that teens are crazy about. While MTV
has ceded some of its trendsetting dominance to the internet, you can’t
underestimate their understanding of teens and how to reach them. Other
brands teens love: Nike, Toyota Scion, Xbox, Sony PS2/PSP, and Nintendo.