fascinating post, linked article, and interesting questions…

By mark balfour

From the BBC website today:

Britain is in danger of becoming a nation fearful of its young people, a report has claimed […]

Julia Margot, from the IPPR, told the BBC Radio Five Live: “In Britain, as opposed to countries like Spain and Italy, adults are less likely to socialise with children in the evenings.

“So we don’t have this culture of children hanging out and playing out in the town square where adults are also socialising and drinking.

“We don’t have a culture where adults go out to pubs and bars and bring children with them, and so there is a problem about adults being less used to having children around.”

The 200-page report says that last year more than 1.5 million Britons thought about moving away from their local area due to young people hanging around.

About 1.7 million admitted to avoiding going out after dark as a direct result of youths gathering.

Britons were also three times more likely to cite young people “hanging around” as a problem than they were to complain about noisy neighbours.

What does it mean for young people to grow up as objects of fear?

Time and again, when a group of people within a culture become objects of fear – and easy fodder for media headlines and ugly stereotyping – then violence and oppression are not far behind.

I’m grateful for the youth work we already have at St Peter’s. I’m wondering what more we might be able to do to counter this fear (including ministry to the afraid)?

(ht to bobbie)

4 thoughts on “juvenophobia”

  1. We have stricter and earlier cerfews in the city I live because of young people “hanging around”. Never underestimate the power of young people in large numbers!

  2. We have a curfew in our town as well. I think it is like 12 or 1 on week-nights, which isn’t too bad…but still interesting, something that I never had growing up.

  3. Wow…what a sobering article. Compare this to what Chap Clark says in his book “Hurt” and you can honestly see why kids today feel like adults don’t care about them.

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