youth | | Brainerd, Minnesota

Drinking water from a garden hose

Lately I have found myself becoming more educated on the appeals of online and social media. At the age of 24, there really was little time that the world wide web was not a presence in my life.

We took classes beginning in 6th grade to improve our typing and even created our own webpages that same year. None of this of course compares to the iPad phenomenon that is now replacing books in schools or the fact that kids are more familiar with technology in many cases than even I am — my nephew recently taught me how to play 'Cut the Rope'...he's four.

Celebrate the Young at Art!! and Flipside 2nd Saturdays!!

The annual Celebrate the Young at Art at the reception is Thurs, April 12, 3:30 at the Q Gallery at Franklin Arts Center. The Crossing Arts Alliance planning and programming committee works with area schools to honor budding young artists and their creative endeavors. The exhibition runs Tues to Sat, 10 to 4 through April 20. A special thank you to Kate Carlson, who organizes this celebration.

They're paying attention

"Who's the Unabomber? Who's Timothy McVeigh?"

As the news related to the shootings in Arizona unfolded this week, my children's curiosity multiplied their questions.

My son read a newspaper article about Jared Loughner's court appearance with his attorney, who defended Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski. Later, he asked for context.

The relevant discussion that followed showed me that young people pay attention to current events and want help digesting the references and implications surrounding that event.