Inside Teen Bedrooms: The Do Not Enter Diaries

Inside Teen Bedrooms: The Do Not Enter Diaries

Carrie McBride
Jul 25, 2013

You'll probably never spend more time in your bedroom than when you're a teenager. You want privacy, your own music, privacy, a nap, did I mention privacy? Teens Emily Cohn and Emma Orlow started the Do Not Enter Diaries to explore teenagers and their bedrooms: what things teens surround themselves with and how they spend their time in them. How best to access this behind-the-doors intel? Get inside and take videos. 

Emily, Emma and their teen correspondents interview and videotape kids in their own bedrooms talking about themselves and their surroundings. They've been able to gather videos from around the country and the world in all kinds of bedrooms. They release a new video each week and they're really fun to watch. The teens talk about themselves and give tours of their rooms, pointing out their favorite things, often mementos from school or hobbies. I don't have much daily interaction with teenagers and these videos made me feel very optimistic about the next generation. These kids are engaged, funny and interesting.

Perhaps Toronto correspondent Leyla sums up the project best: "You know when you go to like your friend's for the first time and you just want to snoop around and look at everything? That's kind of what I get to do being a correspondent and I get to be really nosy and ask them a bunch of questions..."

(Images: screengrabs from The Do Not Enter Diaries videos)

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