Degrassi is a T.V show mostly aimed at teenagers. The show is essentially based on teen drama. Every few years a new version of Degrassi is released with a new generation of teenagers. I grew up watching Degrassi Next Generation: Complete Series (Seasons 1-10)and adored the teenage drama. In a way it made me believe high school would be like that. Looking back now, I’m glad my high school life was no where near that.
Recently Degrassi was picked up by Netflix and the drama continues. Even as an adult I enjoy watching it. I binged watched 3 seasons in 3 days. Its funny to see how teenagers have changed and the technology they use has evolved greatly. Nevertheless, the drama remains. Teenagers would be teenagers. Yet I had to ask myself, “should parents watch this to understand their kids better?” Of course the show would no accurately describe each and every teenager, but would it give parents SOME kind of insight into what their kids deal with on a daily basis?
Would parents finally see their teenagers as more than just “going through a phase?” Would they realize that kids are just trying to fit in? would they find new ways to deal with peer pressure, bullying, and the influences of social media? Would looking at Degrassi aid in bridging the generation gap that exist and help parents have better understanding of their kids?
Many teenagers feel as though adults simply don’t understand their generation, their obsession with social media and their need to constantly interact with their friends and share every detail of their lives. Even I am guilty of not understanding such things and I’ve just left the teenage years. So how can older adults that grew up in a time of different lifestyles and values understand this?
Can looking at how teenagers interact with each other at school and on social media help this?
Given this thought I also had to ask myself, “should parents be given better information on how the younger society operates? Should they be given information that would help them better understand their kids? And should they be given information on how to help their kids, such as understanding the signs of kids that need help and the proper way to approach them without making them feel as though you are accusing them and thus further push them away?”