Positive Use of Social Networking #8-Empowerment

During October a small group of YALSA bloggers are posting ideas and information about positive uses of social networking tools in schools and libraries. Here’s positive use #8.

Robbie Trencheny is 14 years old. He is the president and CEO of the Teen Podcasters Network (TPN).

Check out his video interview here. Since Robbie’s interview which took place at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo during the end of September, in Ontario, TPN reached its highest ever peak of visits in one day-349.

Self-assured Robbie might be the youngest CEO in history according to the news interviewer. Social networking has tremendous power to build developmental assets for teens.

Robbie has Family Support since his mother drives him to conferences such as the Podcast and Portable Media Expo. He is Empowered, to provide a service for a large community of teens and they Value his contributions by viewing the site and contributing their own podcasts. He seems to have positive Adult role models because of his mother’s support and the way he conducts his company. He has Responsibilities and a Sense of Purpose in maintaining the network.

As libraries, we have great opportunities to help teens build assets through social networking. Podcasting does not have to take a lot of expensive equipment. Let teens promote programs and what is going on in the local community through podcasts. The Cheshire Public Library in CT does a great job of encouraging teen leadership through podcasting by having their own cultural magazine. If DOPA is passed, the opportunity for libraries to build developmental assets for teens through social networking, will be diminished and we won’t be giving them the best services which is what teens deserve.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.
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