Recently I got approached by the children’s society charity about doing a insightful post about teenagers and their fears in our world today.
After talking to several teens and parents alike I was shocked to see actually the same fears arose over and over again.
I was shocked after doing some my own research into many topics and this was one. It is surprising the Home Office research paper on youth crime in England and Wales in 2009/10 showed that teenagers are committing about 23% of all crimes. These crimes maybe small such as mugging others for mobile phones and other gadgets, but it is happening. This is leaving about 2.2 million children today in fear of taking mobile phones and gadgets to school and in the streets. We are also seeing one of the scariest rises yet, Knife crimes rising up a scary 6% already. Where is the going to go to next?
As an parent myself my fears are for what will my son be growing up to be been soon seen as a norm in society.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS TURNING KIDS TO CRIME?
STALKING, BEING FOLLOWED AND BEING ATTACKED:
We all know teens these days worry about their looks and how they appear to others. I was horrified after realizing this is not just affecting girls but also boys. It is found 1 in 3 girls fear when they out that they maybe being followed by older boys or even men they don’t even know. Yet boys fear more about being assaulted by other people. This is horrifying to hear this is actually the case in today’s society of high surveillance.
WHAT DO YOU THINK CAUSES THIS? IS IT WAY KIDS ARE BOUGHT UP TODAY OR WAY SOCIETY IS TODAY?
FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PAY BILLS:
I didn’t realize the extent of this till i read all about it and spoke to many teens and parents alike. 1/3+ of families are living in what is called as societies poverty line. Many living on basics to live. They are in debt and struggling to even make their house look nice and comfy. Lack of money to pay bills and clothe the family. This shocked me more then ever and I knew in today’s world we had problems but didn’t myself realize how bad.
WAS THERE EVER A TIME PEOPLE COULD AFFORD TO LIVE? WHAT IS CAUSING THIS RISE IN POVERTY?
LACK OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AT HOME:
Are you ready nearly 200,000 teenagers are living at home with no or very little emotional support. How shocking is that? As many charities are getting funding cut and soon they will be gone. Where will children be able to turn to? What will be going on scary thoughts are will there be a rise in teenage suicide or crimes?
All we are asking is take 1 minute click the stop government funding link and sign to show you are supporting teens in our troubling society today by saying we need these services there for all those that do need it. It could be your child or another teen that will soon turn to one the charity based services.
I did this to help raise awareness of stress teenagers are facing and got no payment for doing so.