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The dark ages

I saw this cartoon the other day: two kids in their school careers office standing before a rack of brochures for future jobs: Celebrity Chef, Celebrity Gardener, Celebrity Painter and Decorator, Celebrity Antiques Dealer…and Celebrity Rodent Exterminator. And it would be funny if a huge swathe of children didn't think these options were true, for the telly has told them so.

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Yobs want an ASBO as a badge of honour

Half of antisocial behaviour orders are breached by teenagers, who regard them as a "badge of honour" among their friends, according to a critical report.

Read resarch by Youth Justice Board here...

Read The Times' version here...

British adults fear young

In Britain, adults are more fearful of young people than in any other country in Europe, an influential think-tank's research says.

Read The Times version here...

Read the think tank's official PR here...

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Nhants YOPEY winners on BBC

BBC Northampton runs a photo gallery of winners from that county's first YOPEY contest in 2010... to see click here

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We're living in broken Britain, say most voters

Poll for The Times finds voters are deeply pessimistic about Britain today and believe society is heading the wrong way.

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Vetting could stop young caring for elderly

The tradition of pupils visiting lonely pensioners for a chat or to help with housework is under threat because schools fear that both the teenagers and the OAPs will have to be officially vetted to check they are not potential abusers.

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Young people fight back against negative stereotype

The negative stereotypes of today’s youth as,’ violent’ ‘disrespectful’ or ‘apathetic’ were challenged, head on, today by the results of a innovative and straight-talking online youth poll, conducted by v, The National Young Volunteers Service.

Rather than demonising today’s youth, the research paints a far more positive picture of today’s 16-25 year olds which the charity hope will open the public’s eyes and inform government and policy makers.

Click here to read the press release from "V"

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Anger grows over ‘Big Brother’ checks for people who volunteer

The Telegraph reports on how Ministers are under intense pressure to scale back plans for a "big brother" child protection database which will force millions of parents to undergo paedophile and criminal checks.

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’Yobs, thugs,  sick’ – how  media demonises  teenagers

Figures show more than half of the stories about teenage boys in national and regional newspapers in the past year (4,374 out of 8,629) were about crime. The word most commonly used to describe them was "yobs" (591 times), followed by "thugs" (254 times), "sick" (119 times) and "feral" (96 times).

Read The Independent story here..

The original research carried out by Women in Journalism can be read by clicking here

The article on the Daily Mail website can be read by clicking here

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New Asbo designed to prevent gang violence

A new Asbo designed to prevent gang violence by preventing youths congregating or wearing certain clothes will be announced by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.

Read the Daily Telegraph report here...

And the BBC has learned young people who join gangs could face banning orders to control their movements and prevent gun and knife crime. This story ends with an interesting comment from a chief police officer saying this problem is not necessarily getting worse.

Read the BBC's report here... .

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Watchdog claims grants for youth projects "wasteful"

Government grants for youth projects aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour
are "wasteful, inefficient and bureaucratic," a watchdog has said.

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Children referred to as "animals"

A report commisoned by the childrens charity Barnardo's has found that more than 35% of people feel that the streets these days are infested with children and 49% of people agree that children are a danger to the public

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Are you an over-protective parent?

Controversial sociologist and author Frank Furedi asks parents to stop worrying so much and give children their freedom in this article from The Times...

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