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Teenagers deserve more respect

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Teenagers: what connotations do they have?  Violent, aggressive yobs who intimidate and attack innocent people, and have no respect for anyone.  It seems that all young people are now believed to fit into this stereotype, and it infuriates me.

Not all teenagers are the same.   I'm 14 years old, and I don't hang around the streets at night drinking and swearing.  I don't cause trouble, and I have never been in trouble with the police.  I respect the people around me.

However, I am still seen to be a yob presumably because of my age.  If I meet up with some friends and we walk to the local shopping centre, we are immediately seen as a gang of thugs and people on the streets give us dirty looks and avoid us.  If I go shopping, I am constantly aware of the security guard breathing down my neck, because as I am a teenager, that must mean I am automatically a shoplifter and up to no good.

A teenager smiling - image courtesy of studiomax.co.uk I am fed up of hearing the same old thing; that we should have more respect.  But as a teenager, I am finding it more and more common to be disrespected by the very people who are making these comments.

Respect our elders?  The very elders who glare at us in the streets, making comments and labelling us as yobs when we have done nothing wrong?

So please don't shove us all into the same category; we are not all gangs of idiotic hooligans.  Most of us (teenagers) also think they are an embarrassment to society.

By: Sarah


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Genius

Genius

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
31/08/17 Genius
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Mr H

Mr H

I worked in a high school as a teaching assistant and all the children I worked with 11-16 where nice people and it annoys me teenagers are put in a bad light just because of media. I watched a documentery where people where asked who do they think is cause for crime 60% said teenagers.
They did a experiment where thwey had 11-16 yr olds dress up in hoodies and caps etc serving tea and biscuits for free on the street and the amount of people that avoided them was insane. Just because of this view dipicted by the media :O
21/10/14 Mr H
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miserablemoaninggit

miserablemoaninggit

Your post seems to reflect a deep sadness, Jobby? A sense of a youthful period in your life that past-by unnoticed? I take it you already were stewing in your bile and bitterness during your teenage years? No doubt fueled by envy as you watched those handsome young men enjoy themselves?

Genetics is something of a lottery, I agree.
26/10/13 miserablemoaninggit
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jobby

jobby

Summer has arrived at last and a sense of excitement hangs in the air, as a phenomenon emerges - a phenomenon as synonymous with the season as ice-cream vans and suntans. For this is where we see young men on housing estates all over the country, who have been 'doing up' their prized motors all year, and now with the sun, comes a long-awaited oppurtunity to show-off their pride and joy.
Coachwork buffed to a deep lustrous gleam, chrome winking like a pirate's trinket box, the sun reflects hours of toil.
Radios blasting and arms resting nonchalantly on window ledges, these youths are fine examples of their gender - handsome and firm-jawed and with splendid physiques, they have spent the previous winter and spring tinkering in garages and lock-ups, as fuel systems and electric gizmos are tweaked, performance enhancing geegaws are fitted and suspensions are dandified, and it is now time to display their fine efforts to the world whilst the elusive British sun shines.
A trio of hot-rods emerges from a shimmering heat-haze, the chaps are on their way to the local recreation ground. upon arrival they check hair and attire - after all, there may be young ladies present! - but alas, just an expanse of faded grass, strewn with discarded takeaway wrappings.
The balmy June evening is now drawing to a close, and the fellows repair to the nearest of the group's houses and gather eagerly around the colour TV set to watch, you've guessed it, Top gear!
26/10/13 jobby
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MikeP

MikeP

I touch children, while they sleep. They don't like it but I do
02/10/13 MikeP
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Jakester

Jakester

I totally agree, not all teenagers like to be mean and fight and listen to heavy metal. I was at the historical village in Northern Ireland, where I live, and I walked into this old time photography studio and the man said hi and I said hi back then just at that moment my 3 year old cousin walked in then the man just completely ignored me, I did try asking him questions but he completely ignored me. Also I went back with my aunt and uncle(different ones as previous) the next year and he completely ignore me giving me the odd dirty look but all my adult cousins and aunt and uncle he talked to.
19/09/12 Jakester
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I empathise completely. I am a 14 year old girl also and I find teenagers are often given such disrespectful names. It isn't fair because we're treated with sighs and looks of disapproval. If older people want respect, they need to give it to us as well. It's a two way street.
17/02/12 -________-
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MikeP

MikeP

"MikeP I hope there is a limit to long post like there is short posts. cos it wont harf be a long post.
Anonomous -"

Go on then, I'm waiting with bated breath for your contribution - anonomous! See if you can spell some of the words correctly and use some punctuation, otherwise ask a grown-up to help you, if you know one who is even semi-literate.
23/01/12 MikeP
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Anonomous

Anonomous

MikeP I hope there is a limit to long post like there is short posts. cos it wont harf be a long post.
23/01/12 Anonomous
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MikeP

MikeP

"I think its ar'eholes like Freddie and Mike P who ruin this site.
Windsor Patel - 22-Jan-12 21:14 "

You are quite entitled to express such a view, but perhaps you could explain why, maybe without using abusive language?
23/01/12 MikeP
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Windsor Patel

Windsor Patel

I think its ar'eholes like Freddie and Mike P who ruin this site.
22/01/12 Windsor Patel
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Kenny

Kenny

Oooh, one other thing. I've got this "Gripe the News" section half finish half finished on the development server which is partly why I can't get the login thing implemented. That needs to be put to bed first so to speak.

I know, it's all a bit chaotic. If was still working for myself at home all this would have been done months ago!
19/01/12 Kenny
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Kenny

Kenny

Sorry chaps, even VERY small tasks take a while to do due to time fragmentation, strange work hours and earning a measly living! I've actually got the oAuth2 code (Google sign in only at this stage) ready. Just need a solid stretch of time to implement and test it. with the site. I'm due a few days holiday in February so that might be a good time to get it done.
19/01/12 Kenny
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Freddie

Freddie

Kenny, I have to agree with Mike on this. I know you're a busy guy but if you can do this it would be great. This type of rubbish really does spoil the site.
19/01/12 Freddie
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MikeP

MikeP

I see the creche is out and the babies are playing again. How pathetic.

Kenny when do we get protected user names to stop this nonsense?
19/01/12 MikeP
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