I have never imagined that the responses from my teens is a loud and fast100% yes when I ask if they want to come to the show and talk about their life and issues.
My podcast recording timetable is all the way up to March. One of the kid told me that's because adults don't listen and you do, Susie. We want to be heard.
I suggested topics to them but most of them come out with the most interesting topics themselves that even I want to know. A boy wants to talk about teen parties and the girls. A girl talks about getting part time job at 14. Some talk about teen bullying. Social media , changing schools, teen depression, private school, selective school, drinking ..etc you name it.
Why am I doing it? I am very good at podcasting editing and social media. This might be a lot of work for others but I know exactly how to do it and I do them fast. These kids know me very well and they feel comfortable to talk while just sitting there chatting with me for one hour (we can't do it in the lesson so everyone tries hard to pop in with anytime I ask them to come). No script, nothing they just talk and I listen. I edit our conversation to 15 mins after. I love seeing them so relax and happy while they talk . I have lots of students and even the ex students will contact me about it. I know teens in Taiwan and they say big yes when I ask if they would like to be in the show when I go back next month. The kids I ask are fluent in English and it will be very interesting for Aussie kids to hear different life and perspective too.
So far many episodes have already been recorded and even though I know all these kids for years I always find out things I never knew about each one of them after our conversation.
In our lesson we don't have time to talk about these. One of the parent commented on my instagram that "I think it's because the kids want to talk to you!" I feel very privilege that they do and I wish adults will have more understand to these kids and other kids will have realisation of what others are doing and feeling.
I have a business that goes well with a solid waiting list, I don't worry about money. And I have bloody long school holidays. Doing this gives me great sense of purpose that I am very passionated about.
The teens are longing to be heard and I will make everyone hear them.