TG: TEEN GENERATION
Volume 11 Number 3.
The review copies were submitted by the new publishers because it deserves another look, although the magazine has been around for years. Typically, it has the usual columns of high interest for the target audience. Doctor's advice was humorously non-conventional in approach and eminently readable. The columns read were about herpes and medical myths, each making their point without preaching.. The advice to the troubled teenager portrayed the vast array of adolescent concerns, with expert advice from the two responding "family counsellors." The horoscopes were typically fun with their evasive language. "Viewpoint," the letters to the editor, as with the other columns, were from most parts of Canada and were certainly reflective of young adult concerns. Frequent solicitations from the publisher for materials for publication were seen throughout the magazine, inviting student participation, although I did not see evidence of student involvement beyond the usual letters.
Features dealt with hair styles, latest cars, homemade gifts, as well as suicide and making oneself over (evident from letters about past issues). Popular music plays a large part in each issue.
Probably the most impressive feature from this reviewer's perspective is the sizeable coverage on careers for young people, covering aspects of whole industries, e.g., computers and health. There were many opportunities explained that I am sure were unknown to many or most of the young readers. This alone would make the magazine worthwhile for a school library and the guidance counselling office.
Advertisements were bright and colourful and not overly female oriented as often tend to be the case. Hygiene and physical appearance, of course, was the focus of many commercial products, but advertising does not dominate the magazine.
Overall, it is well designed and suitable for its intended audience. Articles are well written and brief for the casual reader but in enough depth for the more serious teen. The variety needed for the general audience is certainly there, and it is graphically appealing with variations on the usual three-column per page format. There does not appear to be overt bias beyond accepted Judeo-Christian moral values, but it is not staid, only reflective of our modern tendency to be open and up-front about sticky moral questions and practices. The editors should be commended for good balance here.
At the price, it is a bargain publication and more so since it is Canadian without the usual accompanying high price tag. Those of you who do not presently subscribe should take a good look at Teen Generation. There is much here to recommend it. With a national advisory board of students and teachers, it cannot help but keep in touch with teens and speak to them directly.
Ted Monkhouse, Wellington County Board of Education, Guelph, ON.
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