I can remember sitting in my high school gym cheering on our school basketball team watching the clock on the wall. I knew that at 9:00pm we would declare war against Iraq. I didn’t really have any idea what it meant…to me or to the world but I remembering being afraid of the unknown. I also remember getting carried away in the basketball game that I didn’t even notice when the time turned 9. I looked at it later…it said it was 9:30pm and I thought to myself, “I guess it doesn’t mean anything (to me)that we are at war.”
The reason I share that story is to ask the question…do girls care about current events? In the last few weeks a lot of things have happened that have impacted “grown-ups” and I wonder if it impacts girls.
Do girls care about current event? Based on my experience…here’s what I would say:
1/3 of girls care- they watch the specials, listen to their parents talk about politics and form opinions. Even of these of girls…I would say that don’t all care about the same current events. Some are interested in the enviroment,some in the war, some in politics..
1/3 of the girls fear current events. These girls don’t understand the issues or watch the shows but they hear enough that it makes them afraid…usually the fear is temporary but for a moment they feel it.
1/3 of the girls don’t ever even mention current events. These girls seem to not care or be aware about what’s happening outside of their school/home world. They know Osama died… but they will probably never talk about it until they are adult and they reference where they were when Osama died.
As youth workers, I think we can be aware of each these types of girls. We can be available to their needs when the world starts to feel crazy to them. I think available to their needs is different than available to share our opinions on the issues. Did your girls care about the Royal Wedding or the news of Osama’s death? Only one of my girls even mentioned either of them.
Do you think it’s important to talk about current events? What do your girls seem to need in the midst of big world news?