Meet the kids from Year 8 at Brentside High School in Ealing, West London. They’ve got plenty to say, and they want to talk to you.
On Thursday WHYS will be coming live from Brentside High, linking up with students in Johannesburg and Budapest, and of course any one else around the world who wants to talk to them. The students have all been involved in School Report, a massive BBC project where kids across the UK (and in a few in other countries too) put together radio and TV news bulletins which then are broadcast on the BBC.
So, in the same spirit, on Thursday our students in Brentside will decide what we’re talking about on WHYS, then help produce the programme as well as share their opinions.
Of course we want our adult WHYS listeners and bloggers to talk to the students, but we’d be particularly keen to hear from our younger listeners and bloggers too (with parental permission if you are under sixteen).
Have a look at what the 12 and 13 year old from Brentside High have already told us is on their minds, and let them know any comments or questions you have:
The image of inner-city kids in the media: Growing up in London they feel as though the media on concentrate on the negative elements of inner-city teenagers – the crime, the gangs, the drugs. The kids from Brentside think there’s so many positive things that they do that never get any focus like working hard at school, taking part in after-school activities and being good citizens. They deserve some credit! Do you think the image of children is too negative? Should the media focus more on the positive things teenagers do?
The global financial downturn: Parents are talking about it more at home and some of the kids are starting to feel it affecting them – they’re getting less pocket money and their parents being stressed all the time is starting to stress some of them out. Is the credit crunch affecting your life if you’re a teenager? If you’re an adult, are you aware of how your own money worried impact your children?
The Cervical Cancer vaccination: These Year 8 students were the first to be offered the vaccine against cervical cancer. There was a lot of controversy over it in the UK because some groups said it would encourage children to have sex earlier, but many others say it’s a way to save lives. Some students at Brentside didn’t have their parent’s permission to receive the vaccination so are more vulnerable to cervical cancer. Do you think all children should be vaccinated? Or do you worry that it will encourage teenage sex?
Cyber Bullying: It’s not such a problem for the kids at Brentside High School, but they’re very aware of it. They want to know if this is a worry for students around the world. Is this a concern for you in your country?