For young people, these messages – portrayed as “the norm” – often form the basis for how they view the world and those around them.
So how do they decipher what’s true and what’s not?
A group of Year 9 students at Darling Downs Christian School recently took part in a four day, “No Apologies” workshop, which focussed on educating and empowering teenagers to make good choices in a world of negative and sexualised content.
“It’s made me realise that the media is sending us a lot of wrong messages and I need to think about what I watch and not just take it all in,” 13-year-old Clayton Booth said.
“Not everything we are told is true because a lot of things about love, life and sex are just wrong in the media.”
Now in its 5th year, the workshop runs over 3 days with presenters from various churches in Toowoomba taking part, along with chaplains, counsellors and media specialists.
“We always start with dreams, because we want our students to realise that the choices they make now will impact on their dreams,” DDCS school chaplain and “No Apologies” facilitator Kate Wolverton said.
“This is something every church in the city needs to tell their young people.”