Teen Beat

Teach Your Spoiled Teen About the Undocumented Experience With Text Messages

Because it's not like they're gonna, like, pick up a newspaper.
"I want to lead a country one day for all I know." -- America's teens.

“I want to lead a country one day for all I know.” — America’s teens.

It’s hard for privileged American teenagers to wrap their hormone-addled brains around the struggles of their fellow human beings. And so, the Daily News reports, the youth advocacy group Do Something has created a text messaging game, in a heroic (but possibly quixotic?) attempt to get kids born here in the U.S. to understand what it’s like to be an undocumented immigrant.

Because if a single American teenager picked up a newspaper of his own volition, the world might literally stop turning.

The Daily News offers a glimpse at the game:

“‘Your mom picks you up. She’s pulled over & the officer asks for ID. CAUSE a distraction or SIT quietly?’ asks one texted scenario in the game created by dosomething.org.

No matter which answer the player picks, by the way, the mom ends up arrested.”

Hey, teens need something to do while waiting for their Candy Crush lives to refill. Might as well be educational.

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