Dear Evan Hansen is a cultural phenomenon and Tony Award-winning musical that has been widely celebrated by a social media-driven fan community, known as ‘Fansens.’
The growth of this fandom on social media is unique as Fansens have adopted plot points and thematic elements from the musical relating to how social media affects social anxiety, depression, and suicide to create fan art and fanfictions, which, in turn, result in a community of care on social media where fans can discuss their own encounters with social anxiety, teen suicide, and cyberbullying.
Though most Fansens would not have seen the musical performed…
“We’re seeing a lot [of young people] seeking out videos to support [their] interest in learning new skills during this time, finding answers to things that they don’t necessarily want to talk about with parents and peers, and also to support a lot of learning and offline interest to augment their interest in doing activities that have nothing to do with the Internet.” [Joan Ganz Cooney Center]
“Busy the Bee on Netflix’s “Waffles + Mochi” may or may not be gay. (Mostly, he’s just a sassy bee.) But proud, out puppeteer Jonathan Kidder hopes that he can inspire LGBT kids…
“When someone close to you dies, you lose the person — that’s the primary loss — but you also lose everything that person did, could have done, and might have done for you in the future. During the pandemic, those secondary losses have become more pressing.” [NBC News]
“I find it distressing that the news focuses on reporting why our country needs to get kids in school immediately without considering why in-person learning isn’t the best model for every child.” [One Zero]
Brexit happened. Now what? …
In the Disney Animation film, Moana dreamed about becoming a Wayfinder. A Wayfinder is a person who learns from watching the stars, the sun, the ocean swell and follows their inner thoughts and feelings.
Maui was a demigod (a ‘demigod’ is half-god, half-mortal) who liked to play pranks on his family. Sometimes he let his bad temper and emotions get the best of him. He fought with his brothers. He fought with the Sun God, La. He even fought with the mud hens. (Poor, Heihei). And sometimes, his tricks and pranks hurt the people he loved, including Moana.
We should foster the development of more diverse programming by updating the Children’s Television Act so that what kids see on their television reflects the reality of their universe.
During this time, I reviewed and aligned Informational and Educational (I/E) content from many content providers, including history content from the Biography channel, animal and cultural studies programming from National Geographic, and two big kid content cable networks.
“Gen Z adults, those ages 18 to 23, reported the highest levels of stress compared to other generations and were the most likely age group to report symptoms of depression.”
If you’re wondering about how to keep your family safe if you do go trick-or-treating, the Harvard Global Health Institute and Halloween Costume association have some great tips and ideas for families to safe during Halloween!
How the Recording Artist Used GIPHY To Tell The “We Story” Of COVID-19
Like most successful recording artists, the COVID-19 outbreak in March brought everything — live concerts, recording, and fan events — to a screaming halt. After the initial shock of lockdown, Chris Mann got busy creating coronavirus parody videos that unintentionally went internationally mega-viral.
In addition to using Facebook and YouTube to distribute the videos, I also looked at ways to make the video content evergreen, grow his fanbase, allow fans to participate, show his lesser-known comedic personality, and tap into the cultural conversation around the COVID-19…
Across the country, students, parents, and children’s privacy advocates are raising questions around the use of facial recognition and surveillance technology in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as a growing number of college campuses.
In response to mass shootings on campus, schools responded by building a massive digital student surveillance infrastructure, often with little regard for either its effectiveness or its impact on students’ civil liberties and privacy.
As a nation, it’s our collective responsibility to work together to help our children — kids, tweens, and teens — realize their potential and to help them become successful adults who contribute to society. From teachers to parents, religious leaders to non-profits, that is our common goal.
Our current youth population is booming. Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2009, is expected to number 1.8 billion globally. And GenAlpha is expected to total more than 2 billion. This burgeoning youth wave will be the most diverse generational cohort in American history.
The Executive Office of the President has the responsibility…
When I felt a tingling from my little toe to midway up my left calf, I had no idea that this small annoyance would change my life. But, I have to admit it alarmed me. I knew enough about my body to know that it was an unusual sensation. A week later, under tremendous stress at work, the tingling had moved to my right leg and moved above my knees.
I was just about to turn thirty and my working career was finally on track. All at once unusual feelings in my body and a very difficult work situation combined…
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