Alli made an interesting observation recently. While watching her sister type away on her cell phone in the middle of a movie theater, she turned to me and said "the teenagers at my school don't use their phones all day." She went on to explain in her typical way of explaining everything she is thinking about in great detail, "sometimes they use their phones to order pizza, or to ask their parents if they can leave campus, but that's it." She then reminded me, "at my school the older kids can leave campus if they want to."
This mini-conversation, whispered in the movie theater, was fascinating to me. First, that she even noticed that there was a difference between her sister and her sister's teen-aged friends, and the teens she saw at SVS. But then I started thinking more about it. Why was it that the students at SVS were less likely to be on their phones than the teens she was seeing in our home?
Regretfully, I missed the opportunity to ask her, so what do the teens do if they aren't on their phones?...that would have been interesting to hear more about. If you know what teenagers do at SVS - please post here!