Youth Voices Their Perspective

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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A global community of civic-minded young people.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn that there's a global community of kids just like them who want to make the world a better place. They'll learn about specific countries by choosing a geographical area from the menu bar, then viewing articles and/or video created by other young people ages 15-29 on the subjects and issues that really mean something to them. Kids will also enjoy reading the bios of each young writer; they'll see amazing diversity among the staff. Your Commonwealth brings young people from all over the globe together to share their stories, experiences, and opinions about the big issues of our times.

Positive Messages

 It's a powerful example of how countries and individuals can work together, looking deeply at the world's challenges with the greater good in mind.

Violence

Although specifics aren't given, some articles touch on difficult topics like domestic violence and acid attacks.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Your Commonwealth is a website their older kids and teens can visit to start exploring the big questions facing our world. As a news and story-sharing site written for a younger audience by budding journalists from Commonwealth countries, Your Commonwealth hosts videos and articles submitted by writers aged 15-29 on the subjects of their choice, specifically what life is like in their country and any issues that they hope to bring to light.

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What's it about?

Your Commonwealth, Where young minds can share ideas, is an international site created by young people for young people who are interested in addressing global concerns like injustice, poverty, and the environment. These young writers also contribute to Your Commonwealth's online newspaper, the Commonwealth Uth Daily, which offers daily content on global education, politics, society, and environment.

Is it any good?

Your Commonwealth is a great vehicle for young people to share the issues as seen through the eyes of a kid; this spin can make the more complex issues easier for readers to process. Some areas can be little visually dry, which lends itself to older kids who don't mind doing some heavier reading. As a supplement to a social science or history class, Your Commonwealth would be a useful classroom tool and its content can create valuable discussions.

While US-based kids can't submit articles or videos themselves (the United States isn't one of the 54 member countries of the Commonwealth!), there's still a lot to learn in terms of hearing the voices of their peers from all over the world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some young people feel strongly about sharing their experiences with the rest of the world; this could lead up to a chat about the power of writing and filmmaking as tools for social change.

  • Families can share the history of the Commonwealth itself, and what it means for many countries to come together for a shared purpose of fostering knowledge and peace.

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