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BY TYUS SHERIFF AND KAI TAKAHASHI 

The awkward five to six years known as adolescence, often has a quite negative connotation by adults… Especially parents. It’s known as the most rebellioussnarky, irresponsible, stubborn, sassy, and dishonest  years of a child. Many associate teenagers with stupidity, and think that they have no intellectual perspective.

And this is true, stereotypically. Take the All-American “white-girl” stereotype, for example… Rambling on about shopping, social-media, and One DIrection. Though this small crowd (that we consider the stereotype) doesn’t represent all teenagers, the media has portrayed teens in that way, so it’s no wonder why many adults would think that teens can’t carry out proper conversations.

They seem to forget, however, that the adolescent years are the time when human brains become, “stronger, faster, and more sophisticated,” as Hank Green said. It’s also the time when their brains can be far more impacted. Most beliefs and opinions would unsurprisingly be formed in the adolescent years of ones life; we aren’t brain-less.

So, you would think that these years would be the best time for parents to teach their kids the morals, skills and opinions they want their children to have throughout their lives. Whether it’s through watching the news, going to church or participating in a team sport, events in your teenage years will most likely impact your life.

However, these teenagers spend a majority of their time on social media, listening to pop music that parents would consider, “trash,” and fixing their hair. They could be reading up on the news, you may argue, but they’re probably just talking about the homework they should be doing.

This is the stereotype. The stereotype that you think about when someone mentions the word “teenager.” This doesn’t mean that all of us are like that. Some of do take time out to read up on the news, and forming opinions outside of “One Direction are the best band on earth.”

But who knows? We’ll write our opinions on this blog, but they may change in a few years time. Nothing is really permanent. So, stuff we say now may not be how we think when we’re thirty. This blog is just for us to come back to and see what we wrote in our teenage years.

So, this blog is for us (and hopefully more), as teenagers, tackling current world issues, and producing fresh, topical, and relevant opinions for the world to read. We wish to share the teenage voice, creating an intellectual discussion between people of all ages… All the while balancing schoolwork, friends, and other teenage “garbage” that we engage in.

Tyus Sheriff is an editor and writer for The Teen Low-Down.
Kai Takahashi is an editor and writer for The Teen Low-Down. Follow him on twitter, @kaimerimac.

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