Scenarios USA

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Short films made by teens, for teens tackle social issues.

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Educational Value

Teens can learn how their peers cope with issues like relationships, sex, bullying, body image, and more through the films featured on Scenarios USA. The website itself offers just a glimpse of what the program involves: providing curricula to schools and youth programs about these topics and encouraging teens to express themselves through writing film scripts that tell their stories. Teens who visit Scenarios USA's site will get a chance to watch compelling tales penned by their peers.

Positive Messages

The films emphasize the importance of healthy relationships, making responsible choices, respecting others, and being yourself.


Some films address domestic violence and bullying. An abusive father yells and smashes things.


There's discussion of sex, pregnancy, and STDs. Characters kiss.


Bullies call a kid a "homo."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two storylines follow characters who make bad decisions about sex as a result of being drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SCENARIOS USA is a nonprofit organization that works with teenagers to write and produce short films about issues like body image, bullying, and relationships. Sexual health topics include abstinence, pregnancy and STD prevention, parenting, and sexual orientation. The films are featured on Scenarios USA's website.


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Kid, 8 years old November 4, 2012

worst site ever

This is the worst site ever. DONE.

What's it about?

The nonprofit organization Scenarios USA produces short films written by teenagers about issues like relationships, sexual health, bullying, identity, and other common teen concerns. Scenarios USA mostly works with teens through schools and youth outreach programs, but they also hold contests open to all teens. Visitors can watch most of the films online, and educators can buy hard copies. Some of the films feature education guides and behind-the-scenes clips. The site also includes a blog and resources for teens.

Is it any good?

Scenarios USA hits on a winning formula by having teens write scripts that are then filmed by prominent directors like Joel Schumacher and Michael Apted. The result is storylines and dialogue that are true to teen life, presented with a polished production style. Most films also feature notes on "the story behind the story," lending interesting insight into the creative process and the writers' backgrounds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how characters make decisions (about drinking, sex, standing up to bullies) in these films. What factors might be influencing their decisions?  Do you think their responses are realistic? Why or why not?

  • What are different ways to channel your creativity? What is empowering and inspiring about digital creation?

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