I think the same is true for many adults. Perhaps judgment is human nature. Or is it simply one way that humans make sense out of what they don't understand or connect to? Or is it fear? Is it easier to judge, assume and compartmentalize things and people into categories so we don't have to look too deeply into what's really going on?
The truth is, we have all done it.Many of us still do. However the important thing to remember is, like I often say to the kids: "Our perception is not always reality!"
I love this article about adults perspective about teen reality. In my experience, this is spot on!
Kids are amazing. Their friends are important to them. They stick together. They watch out for each other. They support each other. The power of positive peer influence must never be underestimated! It is the foundation for most of the behavior changes I've witnessed in the high school teenagers I serve.
Incidently, neither can the power of the media be underestimated. Be careful where you get your information. I like to get mine right from the source! Just ask ... then listen. They'll tell you pretty much anything you'd like to know. And your perception of their reality might just be changed forever :)
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