Uk society ‘condemning’ children

“More than half the population believe UK children are “feral” and behave like animals, a survey has suggested.
Half of the 2,021 adults interviewed by YouGov for the poll also felt children should be regarded as “dangerous”.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s, which commissioned the study, said society “casually condemned” children.”

The BBC article is here and it’s depressing reading.
It will be interesting to see how this Barnados campaign will be received and whether it will fuel some healthy debate about societal attitudes.

4 Replies to “Uk society ‘condemning’ children”

  1. Ironically the BBC has neglected to mention the tv extravaganza it did on Friday night.
    The BBC used to be the source of balanced journalism… and yet when it engages with the Barnardo’s report it forgets that 1000’s of people gave time and money for the sake of needy children!
    I guess there might be other factors at play here.
    My biggest problem is not with Barnardo’s but with the BBC who are again using/manipulating/brain-washing the British public. How quick they forget the fundraising! Isn’t there something in the bible about people who forget what they look like after looking in the mirror.
    Another question is about how the media hinder the cause of young people by villifying them! it’s pointless…. i can’t believe that the average BBC news punter can’t see that the BBC are becoming the visual and cyber version of the daily mail.

  2. well a number of things to say and suggest here:
    1: I am more than a little surprised that only one other person has commented upon this item here, maybe others just haven’t read it yet, but surely this should fuel the fire for a number if not all youth workers.
    2: It isn’t just the bbc who have publicised this report. it has been on the local idependant radio here in yorkshire, as well as on a number of other places, so let’s not just have a go at the bbc, as that was the source tat youthblogger used, he could hae ued other places as well.
    3: is this report necessary? after all all you need to do is listen to any discussion with adults involved about young people, and nothing is ever said positively about them. so I would ask if this report was actually necessary in the first place.
    4: surely all the report does is back up the stupidity of adult approaches to young people today. All adults are going to say now, is look, we are right, others agree with me.
    5: the chalenge should be to those adults who said that young people were dangerous and so on, and ask them the question of why, things that were encouraged, permissable, normal in society not so long ago are now regarded as acts of intimidation, danger, threatening, ridiculous i’m afraid, i would suggest that things young people do in principle haven’t changed that much, just the reaction, and stupidity of current societal approaches.
    sorry for this rant, but i see no good coming form this report, as after all, adults are seen as wise young people aren’t, so the stupidity of these comments can only be challenged by us the youth worer, and then all we get, is that we are “do gooers”, so yes, i think the societal debate is going to be a good one, and one I for one wil be involved in, as you can maybe tell, this has annoyed me more than a little.

  3. So Barnardos and the Beeb both get a kicking from youth workers for daring to suggest that our society doesn’t treat its young people very well… Who’d a thunk it, huh?
    I didn’t comment on the post, because I agreed with what Barnardos were saying and their right to say it, so there didn’t seem too much to add (other than ‘hear hear’ – which seemed a little redundant somehow). I did however post a link to the Barnardos page on my Facebook and it did prompt several responses from some of my friends (I think I’m allowed to count my wife as a ‘friend’). Although, admittedly not the youthful or youth-worky friends.
    Anyway, I’m afraid I did find myself disagreeing with both Miz and Andy (What me? Disagreeing with people? Unheard of!):
    I don’t think that people chucking money at a problem through a charity show really constitutes caring for young people (particularly as the total raised represents rather less than a fiver per viewer). If a significant number of viewers had felt moved to foster a child, or even help out at a local youth club (if they can find one these days), then I might be slightly more encouraged. But throwing money at a problem is not an end in itself and doesn’t imply a caring attitude. Even in the church, many people would rather employ a youth worker to deal with young people on their behalf, rather than volunteer their own services. Its ‘caring’ at a distance, if there can be such thing …No, come to think of it, there can’t.
    Andy seemed to agree with what Barnardos were saying, but didn’t see to think they should have said it… I have to confess to being slightly baffled.

  4. It is a messy one eh
    My opinion (for what it’s worth) is that we need to raise debate on the way that society distances itself from young people or at worst shuns them.
    The Barnardo campaign however has a few problems in that the timing was not great (two days after children in need), the use of the word ‘child’ was probably not helpful and at least one of the survey questions I’ve seen could be accused of being a leading question.
    But I do think there needs to be agenda grabbing stuff to provoke societal debate.

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