In the constant barrage of information being presented to tweens via screens, it’s important to cut through the noise with quality content that aims to educate and empower tweens as they grow. Podcasts are a great way to do this while also limiting the amount of time your tween spends staring at a screen. Here are three reasons why your tween should listen to podcasts.
Podcasts are educational
One of the reasons podcasts became so popular was because of the ease one can learn new information through them. Unlike some videos, podcasts offer a hands- and screen-free educational experience for tweens. Many podcasts are able to take the time to really dive into the topics they are covering, rather than skim over many at once. Plus, they often have expert speakers on as guests.
When it comes to tween education, COVID-19 has shifted the way kids learn towards a screen-centric approach. While this has been functional during this difficult time, breaking away from on-screen learning can provide a much needed break for your kids’ eyes (and brains). Switch on a podcast during the evening or play one over headphones while taking a walk to avoid the screens and still get the educational content.
A great educational podcast to check out is Tai Asks Why from TRAX by PRX. Funding for TRAX is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. During this podcast, Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life’s biggest questions. Why are viruses so good at what they do? What is happening in my teen brain? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break … he’s only 14 years old!
Podcasts are inspirational
Even tweens need a feel good push sometimes and tween-specific podcasts can give them that! In the crazy world of TikTok and Instagram, there’s a lot of content that can lead tweens away from their voice and strengths because it’s “not popular” or “cool” enough. Podcasts can help shift that narrative as tweens hear stories from other kids their age breaking boundaries and learning about this tricky time of their life.
Getting advice from peers is important for kids, especially about tough topics such as loneliness, coming of age, and the future. Hearing from other tweens who have experienced these feelings and overcome them is a great way to give your kids the tools they need to be successful. It’s even more important now because of the lack of social interaction tweens are getting with one another due to the pandemic.
We Got You from TRAX gives a voice to every kid out there who doesn’t have anyone to go to, with advice straight from teens who’ve been there before. We Got You is a weekly advice podcast where teens answer questions from middle schoolers across the country on life, loneliness, and an uncertain future.
Podcasts are entertaining
In addition to learning new things, podcasts can tell an engaging story through the plots and adventures of the hosts. With fiction podcasts, tweens can reap the benefits of a smart storyline and strong characters through their headphones. Podcasts can transport a reader to a far away jungle or into outer space through the web of narration while still educating them about new topics.
For both kids and adults, finding time to read something enjoyable or start that new book you’ve been looking at on your shelf for months can feel like a big step. It’s easier to simply turn on the TV with no commitment to a big story. Podcasts can be the same with the added bonus of being portable and easy on the eyes.
A great podcast to check out that covers entertainment, education, and inspiration is Timestorm, an audio fiction with a mission! The Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. Alexa and Beni visit three continents across the span of five centuries, meeting people who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage. In the 21st century, the twins navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret.
TRAX from PRX is a collection of on-demand podcasts specially designed for 9–13-year-olds. Offering authentic, imaginative, and original stories, shows are representative of lived experiences—both real and aspirational—and touch upon the issues important to tweens at this moment in their lives. These stories are meant to help them better understand what is happening in their world, right now. TRAX is a place of substance for tweens and the grown-ups in their lives and the mission is simple: to stimulate, entertain, empower, and educate. Their free on-demand podcasts are available on your favorite streaming apps.
Funding for TRAX is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.