“But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.” - Herbert Hoover
On February 24th, 2022, the world changed drastically for the approximately 44 million people who were living in Ukraine. Vladamir Putin invaded their country, and the war grinds on. War is disastrous for every individual but how has it affected teens? Our talented reporters, Julia and Rory, weigh in on what life is like for youth in Ukraine.
Rory talks about high school students who get three days of training before being dispatched to the front lines. He also provides information on what teens in the United States, as well as teens all over the world can do to provide comfort and support to our fellow teens who are living in Ukraine. Julia expresses the role social media has played in both positive and negative ways. Russia has utilized manipulated videos, fake accounts, and forged documents are part of the arsenal used to shape global perceptions in their effort to “strangle support for Ukraine.”
Social media giants like Facebook and Microsoft have taken a stand against disinformation. Microsoft's June 2022 report revealed over 300 Russian-sponsored websites promoting conspiracy theories within two weeks of the invasion.
As the conflict unfolds, remember that your voice matters. It's not just about hashtags and flags; it's about genuine connection and informed action. Support Ukraine, support its teenagers.
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