What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids exploring this site will discover how women have been able to make changes. The showcase of women and their stories offer positive role models across cultures. Some of the issues raised in a few of the links may be new to teens, and parents may want to discuss them to explore the context and kids' interpretations and opinions -- for example, Muslim women wearing a hijab or stories of teen pregnancy. Parents may also want to know what kinds of activities kids are considering before they jump in as there are many links and multiple ways to take action, real and virtual.
What's it about?
Curating Change features "guest curators" -- accomplished women who have impacted women's issues. Each curator selects women from around the world whose stories demonstrate their challenges, accomplishments, and contributions. From these links, readers jump to the individual spotlight where the women explain how they decided to take action and what came out of that decision. Videos, podcasts, and printed materials let readers delve into the details. Interaction is limited to comments and, in a few sections, blog posts.
Is it any good?
Curating Change is an example of how communication in the digital age opens access to information that would otherwise be difficult to locate. In one website with multiple links and without fanfare, female leaders across the globe tell the stories of how they dedicated their energies to making the world a better place. The issues are broad enough that there's something for everyone, male and female, from programs that train female high school graduates in Zambia to launch their own businesses to young people finding creative ways to define their generation.
The site's appeal is in the content. There are no gimmicks here. The featured women aren't looking for fame and fortune. Rather, they tell their stories to spread the word so others can emulate the goals. Although there's a lot of culture, it's not pop culture and won't have universal teen appeal. Some kids will be amazed and inspired to read more and connect with the site; others will need a reason (school related or parent prodding) to warrant repeat visits.
Families can talk about...
Explore the depths of this site with kids and discuss the featured curators and the stories told by the women. How did the featured women respond to adversity? What motivates people to try and make changes?
Ask kids to list women they admire and discuss what has earned their admiration. What does it mean to follow in someone's footsteps? See our video Why Media Role Models Matter for ways to talk to your kids about their role models.
Talk about local community service organizations available for teens and how they feel about volunteering. Encourage them to find out more about the goals of these organizations and discuss their agreement (or disagreement) with them.