By Robert, 15.
Whenever I use a computer you glower at me and start raving on about how when you were a kid you went out and played in the sunshine with a horde of giggling friends and had fun. You use the argument that my brain will shrink and my eyes will go square and my life will flash before my eyes before I can really experience it.
You do not realise that life has changed over the past half century. Mobile phones no longer give us cancer and there are no open grassy fields in which to play. You have kept your old ideals and eschew any modern way of living. Your blatant obliviousness results in ill-informed decisions that make us teenagers, the more tech savvy generation, fume at how unfair these decisions are. If you put in an effort to truly understand what was happening online you could make much more informed decisions.
“If you put in an effort to truly understand what was happening online you could make much more informed decisions”
Not too long ago I was completing a small section of geography homework when you (my mother) began ranting about how as a kid you went and played outside and about how it is unhealthy sitting at a computer 24/7. This repetitive and circular argument only angered me as ten minutes previously I was chastised over having not previously completed my homework. This argument could have been prevented if you had a more in-depth knowledge on what I was doing.
Contrary to popular belief when the majority of teenagers are on social media they do not spend their time fan-girling over their favourite celebrities or bullying people. They are communicating with their friends, organising parties and asking questions about their homework. This interaction betters their social lives and keeps them up to date on upcoming social events. Depriving a teenager of social media deprives them of a modern social medium in which they can express themselves and interact with friends. This can only be understood if you have experienced this type of social interaction before and therefore almost impossible to understand for most of the older generations of the parenting body.
“Depriving a teenager of social media deprives them of a modern social medium in which they can express themselves and interact with friends”
Games are another thing that bug parents. When the term computer games is mentioned scenes of endless slaughter and gore are brought to mind. This is frankly untrue for a wide variety of games. The truth is that games are like movies. There are horror games, action games, fantasy games and romance games just like many movies. The only difference is games are more artistic and are heavily analysed for the quality of their graphics and depth of their storyline. Playing a computer game is like examining a painting or watching a movie. First you pick the genre and then find a game you like the look of. Once you are playing the game the first thing you look at is the quality of the graphics. Back in your day all you had was the one tonne monstrosity that is Pacman and other such games with pixels the size of the pad on my little finger. Now we have vast digital vistas, which are on occasion confused with real life panoramas. Confusing a game with just another excuse to stay inside and be unsociable is like saying that art should be reserved for special occasions.
So, my mother, my father. The computer is not a place where my brain goes to die. Instead it is a new medium in which I can express myself and learn about others.
Teen blogging competition for National Youth Week 2013
15-year-old Robert is a winner in our Teenage Blogging Competition, as part of National Youth Week 2013. Robert wins $100 thanks to 1st Available, Australia’s number one healthcare booking site.
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