Weekly Roundup: Teens and children taking charge and making change

Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own:

In February the Washington Post published a story about unvaccinated teens taking charge of their own health by researching vaccinations their parents failed to provide them. One great example that including teens and our children in the discussions that affect them we have the ability reach better decisions as a society. One teen began to “read scientific papers and journals… studies on his phone at the dinner table, hoping his mother would relent and get him and his four younger siblings — now ages 16, 14, 5 and 2 — vaccinated.” Read more.

How Donald Trump helped turn teenage girls into political activists:

Role-modeling for young children and teens can make a difference in many areas. One key area, recent research shows, is in political arena. More teen girls, Democrats to be specific, have been political active and protesting as a result of the 2016 election. The number of protesting teens weren’t just up for girls who’s parents protested, as “Democratic girls whose parents didn’t protest also expressed a desire to take to the streets… [because] they had other visible role models — including women marchers and organizers in their communities and nationwide… see[ing] protest as an important part of their own political repertoire.” Read more.

How Youth Activism Has Changed the Country in the Year Since Parkland:

How has the Parkland shooting activism by teens and children changed the status quo? Teen Vouge reports that after Parkland students took to the street to protest and actively advocate for gun law change, it “help[ed] to bolster what is estimated to be the highest midterm election turnout for young people in a quarter-century.” Read more.

 

By: Lauae Kaleikau

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