If it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!
Share via Email We asked teens to tell us what it's like to be a teenager today. Jenni Herd from Ayrshire wrote a letter to The Times with a clear message for adults: Angry that we will have to clean up your mess while you hold us in contempt, analysing our responses as though we were another species?
Our callout was answered by teens all over the world - including Jenni herself. Here are some of the responses we received to the callout.
I mentioned this to my parents that night, and we had a discussion about it. My dad told me if I was so annoyed, I should tell the paper, and on Sunday I did.
I wrote it in about 30 minutes, fuelled by annoyance and boredom, and sent it without really thinking. I never thought it would actually be published! My friend texted me to tell that it had been retweeted over times on Twitter.
I ran downstairs and checked my laptop - and promptly burst into tears! I spent the rest of the night grinning and trawling the internet, shocked and bewildered at the response I was getting.
Teens are generally well represented in the media, but obviously some sources are better than others. Most media outlets are beginning to understand the intelligence and importance of teenagers, especially as teens of my generation become more connected and interested in political affairs with Scottish Independence looming, rarely a week goes by without some political debate springing up Sadly, the media can focus more on the negatives of teenage life than the positive.
I think the media needs to collaborate more with teenagers and listen to what we have to say, and most importantly, not make assumptions about how we think. When I was 13, I started a paper round. During A-levels I had a job serving food in the canteen at sixth form. Very unglamorous I assure you, a hair net can never look good on anyone.
Moreover, 60 years ago, if you got drunk at a party no one filmed it. We have to clean up the mess, when our current politicians exit the political game. All the economic debt? We have to pay it back!
Rebecca Latz, 16, Yorkshire Our generation is by far the weirdest, most creative and loving generation to date Being a teenager puts a lot of stress on a young mind. We are pressured to make decisions that will impact our entire life, such as our career and education - we should not be tied down to decisions we make now but free to express our interests in several areas of expertise.
We are young but this does not necessarily mean we cannot contribute to ongoing and real world problems, such as politics. We do need a change and maybe a fresh perspective rather than to create mindless drones miserably living their lives.
This generation, our generation, is by the far the weirdest, most creative and loving generation to date. In my eyes, if we are given the opportunity to express our ideas and give our opinions we can really change the world. We are not like the teenagers you see on TV getting drunk, getting into fights preying on the old and weak.
We are a generation surrounded by information and potential, which if not used or pointed in the right direction will eventually be wasted wishing we had made a difference when we could and should have. Yes, we are angry about many issues - homophobia, racism and misogyny to name a few attitudes which admittedly still exist among some within our generation.
People have a desire to improve the world they live in, using the internet to spread messages against misogyny, homophobia and racism and travelling the world to set up schools and improve medical services in areas less fortunate than our own.
Katt Weaver, 16, North Yorkshire Change is coming - we could be a remarkable generation I find life as a young person pretty overwhelming. I am overwhelmed by the destruction of our natural world and the total lack of any respect for the environment by many people.
I am overwhelmed by the violence in our world.Jay Milbrandt is a lawyer and a professor at Bethel University in Minnesota. He formerly directed the Global Justice Program and served as Senior Fellow in Global Justice with the Nootbaar Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law.
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