Most kids’ media brands put on blinders during PRIDE Month, as if LGBTQ+ kids don’t exist. They do. Saying you’re inclusive means including *all* kids. [NYT]
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…
Kid Culture Report [July 2021]
The study finds early social transition for transgender youth results in good mental health outcomes, but unaccepting school environments may lead to a greater risk of suicidality. [Fenway Health]
This past year, only 27% of young people said they felt very clear on their goals for the future. How can we give them new confidence, and help them plan their path forward?
“One of the primary lessons from The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future for Tweens, Teens, and Public Media Cooney Center report is that public media can look to the content being created by Gen Z, streaming networks, and commercial media as examples of how to connect with the missing middle.”…
I’m pleased to share that I’ve written a new piece, Widen the Welcome: How Public Media Can Connect with the ‘Missing Middle’ for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
One of the primary lessons from the latest Cooney Center’s landmark research report, The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future…
I’ve read an advanced copy of this Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop report, The Missing Middle, & it’s really insightful.
It’s a fascinating look at how youth consume news & media, how they used social media during the pandemic, and how public media can better support the media needs of Gen Z.
They are holding a webinar with the research team to present the research and you’re invited!
“Boys are having the same troubles, but heterosexual boys may talk about body image a little differently. They tend to talk in terms of getting fit, getting lean, or being muscular. Eating disorders, don’t discriminate.” [NYT]
Monthly Youth Culture Insights by Derek E. Baird
As 2021 rolled around and people began migrating to newsletters, I started a monthly Youth Pop! Newsletter (powered by Medium) that highlights some of the biggest stories in kidtech, edtech, and kid culture during the last month.
I keep it short and sweet, so you can dive in and dip out while still keeping your pulse on the latest happenings in youth culture and kidtech.