ON AIR: Talking to teenagers around the world

Today we’re handing WHYS over to the enthusiastic pupils of Brentside High School in London and linking up with students in Johannesburg and Budapest. Have a look at the Flickr stream of the show here. They’ve come up with three great issues they want to talk about so I’ll hand you over to them…….

Our WHYS Brentside High reporters
Does sex education encourage teenage sex?
Hi everyone, we’re David and Martin, we’re 13 and 12 and go to Brentside High School in London and we think this is a big issue for teenagers today. Britain has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Europe and some schools in Oxfordshire and Banbury in the UK have introduced a system where children as young as 11 will be able to get a contraceptive pill by text messaging their school nurse.

Another reason we’re talking about this is because adverts for condoms are going to be shown more on TV and at earlier times to try and stop teen pregnancy. Do you think this will work?

We do think sex education encourages teenage sex because a lot of sex education is about how to use a condom and people might use this as an excuse to have sex and ignore the risk of diseases or pregnancy. What do you think about this?


Is the portrayal of teenagers in the media fair?

Hi, we’re Dennis and Matias from Brentside High School and we think the media makes people afraid of teenagers. It is not fair because we are being stereotyped in such a way that we are being followed by shopkeepers, security guards and even adults on the streets when we’re not doing anything wrong.

 Some teenagers are sick and tired of being abused by other people unfairly.

We’d like to know – does this happen in your country? Have you experienced it before and how does it make you feel? How can negative attitudes be changed?

Last but not least…

We’re Jake and Kiri at Brentside High School. We’d like to ask – Should children follow their own dreams or live their parents’ dreams?
We would like to talk about this because many people are forced to follow their parents’ hobbies or dreams because their parents were unsuccessful in their own childhood.

We think children should be free to follow their own dreams.

We would like to know if anyone has experienced this before? Would you let your kids do follow their dreams if it was not what you wanted?

60 Responses to “ON AIR: Talking to teenagers around the world”

  1. March 26, 2009 at 14:17

    i think talking about sex to teenages is wrong

    • October 12, 2009 at 23:20

      I think that teaching teens about sex is good for us, it is what they teach us and how heavy they go on us. What they say. I think our parents should be the main ons to talk to us about sex though.

  2. March 26, 2009 at 14:30

    Children should be encouraged to be independent but not too independent as they still lack adult experience. Their parents can be for them a model. But parents needn’t force their children to be according to their wishes as personalities differ. Children still need parental protection financially and emotionally. But they aren’t robots that can be programmed and are expected to function according to their programming. A child isn’t just a part of his/her family but of society as a whole.

    Children should be brought up to enjoy their childhood and to be prepared for the future. As such they shouldn’t be bullied by their parents into adopting a way of thinking but they should be encouraged to have healthy style of thinking that can prepare them to face their reality and the reality of the world around them.
    After all, in view of the complex world in which they live and the multifaceted exposures they have, children can be seen as small adults. They need just time to reach full adulthood. They should be entitled to pursue their dreams as long as they don’t bear in them the risk of becoming nightmares that can disrupt the whole of their lives.

  3. March 26, 2009 at 14:45

    as khalil gibran said about children let them be their own dont try to inculcate your views in them they are the future so let them learn how to cope with the present world in which they have to live ?if the elders tries to pull them back with their past views they are pulling their children backwards to the past rather than making them to face the future?
    SO WHAT elders and education must do is to show the right path of dos and donts and let kids rationalise and decide the best for them/

  4. 5 Anthony
    March 26, 2009 at 15:04

    Well, if they are going to talk about sex to teens, they should show pictures of genitals with herpes/ genital warts/syphilis/etc, and show people dying from AIDs. Along with that they should talk about statistics. If you’re old enough to talk about sex you’re old enough to see pics of the consequences, and that might help stop them from being irresponsible. Let’s just be honest with them. It’s a great beautiful thing that needs to be treated with respect.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  5. 6 Rob (UK)
    March 26, 2009 at 15:12

    Hi Jake and Kiri,

    Of course, I think that children should be allowed to follow their dreams, but how do children acquire those dreams? For example, it might have been Wayne Rooney’s dream to play professional football, but if his parents hadn’t encouraged him from a very young age his dreams (and skills) would not have developed.

    Don’t we need our parents to introduce us to a wide variety of activities when we’re children so that we can learn which dreams we want to follow?

  6. 7 kpelly hezekiah
    March 26, 2009 at 15:54

    Children should be allowed to follow their own dreams but must be guided by parents as far as possible and this includes intimate subjects like sex, friendship, education etc but to coerce or force them to fulfill the dreams of the parent(s) is not advisable or good.

  7. 8 Jessica in NYC
    March 26, 2009 at 15:58

    Greeting from New York City to the students in London, Johannesburg and Budapest. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say on the show today!

    I am curious about the type of sex-ed you get, please comment on this.

    @ Anthony

    LOL– Your comment is another shining example of bad sex-ed in the USA. In my sex-ed (20 years ago) included visuals of what sexually transmitted infections look like which included genitals, how to protect yourself and where to go for help. Mind you, sex was NOT promoted, but we were taught the effects of unprotected sex.

  8. 9 Tom K in Mpls
    March 26, 2009 at 16:28

    I like these questions. So what are the obvious real world answers?

    Sex education: Hopefully we will remember what and how we learned about sex. Looking back, what if anything do you wish was different. As for moral issues, I remember a vast array of views from many different sources. It could not be avoided. It also struck me as as a subject that was incredibly interesting in wide variety of ways. As such, I feel we need to leave the moral aspects solely to parents and those they choose to directly participate. I also feel it is the responsibility of public education to give a proper clinical education on the subject. This is so they can avoid problems when *they* feel the time is right to act according to their upbringing.

    Media portrayal: This is a truly inane question. First, for varying reasons the press loves to attract attention. They will always try to highlight controversy. Second, I remember knowing all kinds of people ( yes people ) in my teen years. Most didn’t attract much attention and most changed as they grew up. This has always been, and will always be.

    Dreams: This seems to assume there must be a difference. It also assumes ones dreams never change. Beyond this there is no answer in my opinion. The people in the world I respect the most are those that can at least earn a living doing what they love. They do not need to make an obvious change in the world.

  9. 10 Anthony
    March 26, 2009 at 16:28

    @ Jessica

    My sex ed class from 1996/97 didn’t show any pics, I never even really knew about HPV and how many people have it, and that it could give women cervical cancer, nor did I know you could get herpes and HPV even while using condoms. Also, they never talked about the addictivness, or that having only one partner would statistically mean a marriage would last. We never talked about how porn effects people. It was “sex bad, AIDs kills”. The teachers seemed unformfortable about it. One of my teachers said that “handing out condoms in school is the same as handing out needles for drug use”. But maybe it was different here in California. I really wish they did a better job at teahcing that, I mean, you spend a whole semester talking about physics, and a couple weeks talking about sex related things.

    -Anthony, LA, CA
    -Anthony, LA, CA

  10. 11 Ryan, Milwaukee, WI
    March 26, 2009 at 17:24

    It is my opinion that this further advertisement of contraception to teens is simply sending our younger generation the wrong message. I do not deny the fact that in doing so you will more then likely see the teen pregnancy rate drop and/or see the STD rates drop. However the one component I feel is purposely being left out is the concept of abstinence. This is not a impossibly lived lifestyle. I do not like how our modern day culture expresses this view as if abstinence is simply beyond us as human beings. In doing so we alter the definition of ones sexuality and hinder his or her own psycho-sexual development.

  11. 12 Tom D Ford
    March 26, 2009 at 17:25

    This is very interesting to hear these kids views.

  12. 13 Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:34

    There are just as many adults who “stab” people as there are teenagers. The media shows almost exclusively bad news, because people don’t have time to hear about good stuff that happened in the world. Since teenagers are more anomalous when they commit a crime, they receive more news coverage than an adult who commits the same crime.
    Shoplifting is a unique phenomenon, in that it is usually committed as a way to fight authority. People get a rush when they make it out of a shop unscathed. Often, smothering parents or schools foster shoplifting and gangs by being so stringent and anti-crime.
    In my opinion, the main problem with our system is that teens do not get to vote. They have no say in who governs their future, and have to wait for adults to vote in legislation that concerns them. This is totally unfair to teens who are just as responsible as adults. Adults can be just as illiterate as teenagers, but they get to vote. They only lose that right if they are criminals. We need to vote!

  13. March 26, 2009 at 17:35

    Kids should be educated as to what their bodys do, not telling them will only make them ignorant. should we not tell kids about war because it could cause more wars ? come one people Teach them warn them !!!

  14. March 26, 2009 at 17:37

    this same problem is going on in the America because some parents dont want their kids to be exposed to it, what they dont realize is that they are already exposed to it.

  15. 16 JP in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:39

    In reference to the question about whether or not teenagers are portrayed fairly or not; there is a reason that stereotypes exist and that is because there is a semblance of truth to them.

    The nature of children is that they are easily manipulated and tend to act out in large groups in order to impress each other. It’s mob mentality ramped up due to their age. There are many well behaved children but why wouldn’t you mitigate your risks when dealing with potentially unruly and destructive kids?

  16. 17 steven
    March 26, 2009 at 17:43

    I live in Oregon and the state legislature debated teaching “age-appropriate” sex education in schools. Although many legislators argued against, saying parents were the best source of this information, the bill passed 2 to 1. The MAJORITY felt that parents still struggle with this topic, and it is in the children’s best interest to be given info about STDs and birth control. The goal is to keep our children healthy and to keep children from bearing children.

  17. 18 Mike
    March 26, 2009 at 17:45

    Maybe society should reconsider how children are being educated about sex. When a child reaches a certain age, parents can be required to attend a course on sex education training. Teach parents how to talk to their children, how to build a bond without being judgmental. If you can get adults to discuss sex between each other in a civil manner, they will be more comfortable discussing with their children. We need everyone to be involved with the education of children and parents need to step up instead of deferring to teachers.

  18. 19 Tom D Ford
    March 26, 2009 at 17:45

    “Is the portrayal of teenagers in the media fair?”

    No and this is nothing new. This is the logical fallacy or lie, of “Generalization”, of painting with too broad a brush so that the undesirable actions of a few are attributed to all teenagers. ( The other two ways of lying are “Deletions” or leaving out evidence that would prove the allegation wrong; and “Distortions” or twisting facts to look like something different than what is reality.)

    Rulers have always used the undesirable actions of a few to paint the many as bad. Rulers demonize people to justify intimidating and beating them down into cowering submission and obedience. The British still have an artifact leftover from this in their bowing to their Queen.

    Even the bible does this with the teaching that people are born in original sin, which of course is an outrageous lie, one of the worst ongoing libels and slanders of all history. People are not born bad, they learn to be bad because they are treated as if they are bad.

    So. Most teenagers in the world are wonderful and ought to be recognized as such and the media ought to shine the light on their goodness at least every once in a while!

  19. 20 kate (the American) in morocco
    March 26, 2009 at 17:47

    As someone who worked in a clinic as a health educator who often saw pregnant teenagers, it’s important to not use abstinence-only education! Teenagers might not be adults yet, but many think they are, and see ignoring their sexuality as condescending and write them off.

    We must respect teenagers and explain that if they choose to engage in sex–an adult decision– they must be aware of the adult consequences and take adult responsibilities to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STIs/STDs.

  20. 21 Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:49

    @ Tom D Ford:
    Wow, thank you for finding “us kids'” views so interesting. I hope you aren’t purposefully being patronizing.

  21. 22 Katya (Oregon)
    March 26, 2009 at 17:50

    As a teenager, I think teens will be having sex no matter what, and that sex ed just teaches us to be responsible about it. In a perfect world, it would be up to parents to talk to thier kids about sex, but that doesn’t always happen. Schools need to provide sex ed because otherwise some teens won’t find out about all the consequinces of sex, and how to protect ourselves. We need all the information we can get to make responsible desisions.

  22. 23 Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:51

    @ Ryan, Milwaukee, WI:
    People don’t cover abstinence-only sex-ed because that’s not going to be very useful to those who already have sex. They need info about STDs and stuff, not how to deny urges.

  23. 24 Rose in Florida
    March 26, 2009 at 17:51

    As an adult, I would just like to say that none of us would be here if our ancestors didn’t have sex, back in the day they started earlier and had less consequences compared to today.
    I think the driver’s education comment made was the perfect analogy, and not every parent/child relationship is healthy, for example, how would you expect an incestuous parent to teach their children in a healthy way about sex?

  24. 25 Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:54

    Can we get onto the next topic? There aren’t many teens anxious to talk about sex.

  25. 26 Tom D Ford
    March 26, 2009 at 17:54

    On sex education:

    Back in the days of living on farms everyone would have learned about sex from seeing their animals breeding and now that most people live in cities they need to learn in schools. Children used to learn almost from birth about sex and so it would not have been a mystery to be explored. They figured out where baby animals came from and also where human babies came from.

    Now for a long time Conservatives have tried to keep children ignorant and so we have the youth pregnancy problems of today.

    Teach them all about sex and then most of them will know what to do or not do and when and how to say no or eventually, yes!

  26. 27 Cheri
    March 26, 2009 at 17:56

    Define what is “sex education” for first or second graders. Age appropriate education about boundaries and inappropriate touching is necessary at this age; STD’s, pregnancy, etc is appropriate for older ages.

  27. 28 Tom D Ford
    March 26, 2009 at 17:56

    “Should children follow their own dreams or live their parents’ dreams?”

    Follow their own!

    Following a parents dream only means that you will fail in your own!

    Your parents have to succeed or fail on their own.

  28. 29 Jeff
    March 26, 2009 at 17:57

    The whole point behind education is to prepare. Learning after the knowledge is needed doesn’t tend to be very effective.

  29. 30 Robert in Indianapolis, USA
    March 26, 2009 at 17:58

    Teens in my area have said that they’re learning to treat the condom as the thing they only leave off on the wedding night. Basically, if you don’t have a condom, you’re doing it wrong.

    Book assisted Sex Education prevents both the life changing and life wrecking mistakes that happen from fumbling forward. More than just reproductive science is needed. Onee of the important things is learning what science says normal is, and that normal isn’t the rule.

  30. 31 steven
    March 26, 2009 at 18:00

    “When a child reaches a certain age”

    And that age is…?

    “parents can be required to attend a course on sex education ”

    Mike, I’m not sure you’ve thought this through, although I agree parents should be involved to the best of their abilities.

    Try floating your idea to your legislators and see how they respond, I think that they would be more than willing to explain the impossibility of your idea…

  31. 32 Tara in Florida
    March 26, 2009 at 18:01

    I believe children and teenagers should be educated about sex in stages. In the 6th Grade, about age 10, I learned firstly about Sexual Education insofar as our bodily functions and organs are concerned; Then again in High School around age 16 we learn again, only this time it’s more focused on sexual health and sexual intercourse. We watched videos of babies being born and saw lots of pictures of STDs. We passed around fake breasts and fake testicles to learn of how to check ourselves for cancer. I was also fortunate enough to grow up in a household where my parents kept me constantly aware of the dangers of being sexually active at too young an age. I feel that children should become aware of sexuality at a young age, but not educated on sexual intercourse specifically until an older age. While younger children do have questions about how the body works, that does not mean that they necessarily WANT to use their bodies yet, in this way, that doesn’t happen until teenage years, and I think we should teach them about the appropriate materials at the appropriate time.

  32. March 26, 2009 at 18:01

    It was a good show… I enjoyed hearing the children talking.

  33. March 26, 2009 at 18:04

    Hello, thanks for a great topic. One thing I didn’t hear anyone mention is population growth. We’re at 6.7 billion people and grow by 75 million people a year. Part of sex education is helping to reduce the amount of unwanted pregnancies and teenage pregnancies. you in the UK have a great group called Optimum Population Trust – I encourage you to check it out.


    I think that there should be lots more sex education – encouraging smaller families – tying having children to what’s happening in the environment (species loss, pollution) – so, the more the better. sex education also leads to people spacing their children out more, safer births, and more awareness, in general. More more more – comprensive and medically-accurate sex education!

    Thanks for thinking about the whole planet when you consider this question.

  34. 35 Tom D Ford
    March 26, 2009 at 18:05

    @Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:49

    “@ Tom D Ford:
    Wow, thank you for finding “us kids’” views so interesting. I hope you aren’t purposefully being patronizing.”

    Not at all.

    It is not very often that actual kids get to express their views in a media program like WHYS that treats them with the respect due them. Usually some adult acts as a spokesperson, interpreting kids views through an adult filter. I find it far more interesting to hear directly what a person thinks and feels.

    There are plenty of adults willing to tell me what you think but I would rather hear you tell it yourself.

  35. 36 Shamron
    March 26, 2009 at 18:08

    I homeschool my kids, so it’s my job to teach them about sex, birth control, relationships, etc. That’s the beauty of homeschooling–you get to teach your kids about these things yourself and make sure that they’re getting accurate information. You also have a lot more control over who your kids are hanging out with and what kinds of activities they’re involved with. My 14yo does plenty of normal teen activities–she goes to the mall with friends (chaperoned), goes skating, bowling, has sleepovers with other homeschooled girls whose parents I’ve gotten to know really well, etc. But she’s not running around unsupervised, so we don’t have any issues with sex or drugs–there just wouldn’t be any opportunities for it.
    I think the biggest factor for early sex is peer pressure from classmates–which my kids don’t experience. All of their friends are supervised in the same way. Also, I believe that allowing your kids to watch things that aren’t age appropriate is a contributing factor as well.

  36. 37 Jessica in NYC
    March 26, 2009 at 18:08

    @ Anthony

    This is what happens when we ask too much of our teachers. Personally, I do not think it’s a school’s responsibility to teach what makes a marriage work, or the effects of pron. I think it’s our parents responsibility and our own. I think roles models and the people you surround your kids are just as important. More importantly, we cannot continue to shift the burden of what we do not know someone else. There are things we have to take ownership and learn some things on our own. Now you know what kids need to know, pass the “baton” on to your kids.

    Why would anyone ask their pharmacist what the ingredients are for making pasta sauce for dinner or a doctor what the funny noise is coming from the motor in your vehicle? Teachers are not suppose to be preventative marriage counselors or our moral guidebook. A education is suppose to help us acquire knowledge and teach you how to gain the critical thinking tools we need to get to the next level of our development.

  37. 38 Tom D Ford
    March 26, 2009 at 18:09

    @Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon
    March 26, 2009 at 17:49

    “@ Tom D Ford:
    Wow, thank you for finding “us kids’” views so interesting. I hope you aren’t purposefully being patronizing.”

    In addition, when an adult does your speaking for you it inevitably gets distorted through their adult perceptions and I would rather that you tell your truth so that it comes through as clear as possible.

  38. 39 Tom K in Mpls
    March 26, 2009 at 18:13

    @ Wil Geier, 16, in Oregon

    ‘ There are just as many adults who “stab” people as there are teenagers. ‘ This is generally true. But also keep in mind that there are many more adults in the world than teens. Statistically the percentage of teen crime has always been higher than adult crime. It is part of the growing process. Also, crime/conflict/fear sells more advertising time in the news. Everyone needs to keep this in mind.

    It is also true anyone of any age can be pushed to push back. Teen rebellion is nothing new. Unfortunately there is no proper and effective parenting manual. Failures will occur and bad news sells.

    As for teens having a voice, that is clearly wrong. The simple fact is they often experience new levels of new emotions and lack experience. And therefore can’t be entrusted with this power. You are right that physically mature people can be very immature emotionally. But society can’t afford to continually evaluate everyone at every age. Because of this we are forced to set a simple age of maturity to apply to all and then deal with the failures individually as they arise.

  39. 40 Jessica in NYC
    March 26, 2009 at 18:15

    From this “old person” [Ros no food for that kid! 😉 ],

    Bravo to the students who said learning about sex and seeing pictures of sexuality transmitted disease will empower you and deter you from being irresponsible! You will “be ready when the time comes”!

    Students–don’t forget to say your names so we can know who is speaking.

  40. 41 Lisa Miars
    March 26, 2009 at 18:20

    I agree with Alex N…Kids should be educated as to what their bodys do, instead of sex education. To know what your body does is so much better to learn first than just starting to talk about sex sex sex.

  41. 42 Katie Davidson
    March 26, 2009 at 18:20

    Part of the reason that so many younger people have sex early is the mystery of it. In many places it’s a taboo topic and it isn’t talked about. Younger kids want to find out what it’s all about. If there was earlier sex education, and sex was a more accepted topic, the kids wouldn’t need to have sex so early.

  42. 43 Samuel
    March 26, 2009 at 18:25

    Is the portrayal of teenagers in the media fair?

    Yes definitely.
    I am discrased by the way the media makes all teenagers out to be yobs. I am a teenager and I am not a yob. I feel unconfortable going out into public places because whenever I do people dont treat you like a responcible person and instead people treat me like ive done somthing wrong and I dont deserve to be on the same planet as them. I feel that the medias portrayel of teenagers is responcible for this and the public only get to hear about the incredibly small percentage of teens who are like the media say they are. It is unfair to other teens to paint a bias picture of teenagrs. The media should publish/ broadcast a balenced view of teenagers and not just report the few bad things which teenagers are responcible for. We are nice in the really.

  43. 44 Shamron
    March 26, 2009 at 18:29

    I should also say that I do talk to my daughters about sex, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. It hasn’t just been one big sit down “talk” though–it’s been ongoing since they first learned where babies came from when they were 5 or so. I don’t expect my girls to remain abstinent forever, but I’ve told them that I would like it if they waited until they are at least 18. I’ve always been honest with them and answered their questions to the best of my ability and I’ve checked out age-appropriate books from the library for them about sex and about their bodies.
    I understand that not all parents are there for their kids in this way–it’s a shame though.

  44. 45 MIGUEL
    March 26, 2009 at 18:29

    Sex education is very important to warn teens about STD’s other wise they can end up with a terminal illness like AIDS and die, just like in the African Continent where more that 3/4 of the Population is going to be extinct by 2020 because of refusing to protect themselves from AIDS.

  45. 46 Maya
    March 26, 2009 at 18:31

    From Minnesota, parent of a one year old, currenlty in USA, grew up both in Europe and Latin America.
    1- Regarding teens creating an atmosphere of fear: I think that if you know that you will be confused with a delincuent by dressing or behaving the way they do, then you should try to do your best to act in a way that clearly states who you are as a respectful and successful teen.
    2- Regarding sex education: it seems to me that sexual education is important and should continue to happen in school and as much as possible in the home aswell. We also all have a responsability with our younger sibblings and friends. Sexual education should probably start at age 10. Start with body changes and the biological perspecive. Then more emphasis can be made on how to use condoms and the day after pill as teens get older. One more thing that is not often mentioned is that most of the STD like gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause infertility in the long term due to strictures and scaring in the reproductive system.
    3- One thing that is almost never mentioned is the need to teach teen boys the importance of testicle self exam (as female breast exam is normally taught)for the screening of testicle cancer which affects mainly teen and young men. The cancer starts as a hard mass that is not painfull. Testicle cancer has a cure if diagnosed early.

  46. March 26, 2009 at 18:32

    Hey guys, you are doing brilliantly well and helping to show how great young people can be. Well done and keep it going, we need more people like you in the media!

  47. 48 Jessica in NYC
    March 26, 2009 at 18:53

    You must do what is best for you and follow your dreams, this is how you honor your parents and the sacrifice they made for you. If you follow the dreams of your parents, in the long run it will not make you or your parents happy.

  48. 49 Aren foster 14 Trinidad And Tobago
    March 26, 2009 at 18:54

    i think it should be thought to students in classrooms around peers at the age of 13 in form open discussion and deates to hel children understand the consequences of what could and will happen to them and will act as a deterrant.this should be specifically thought in underdeveloped countries and rural areas where the adults show conservative attitudes to delimas like this and where stds and teenage pregnancy is at and exorbatant level.this would act as a deterrant.children should follow their own dreams and choose their heros and icons to admire such as obama and parents should be their for guidance and provide for their child to be be what they want to be.

  49. 50 Anthony
    March 26, 2009 at 18:54

    I think its nice if you follow the advice of your parents. Most tees these days usually imitate their friends and if you ask them what do you want to do in the future. They will tell you I dont know. send me your number I want to call

  50. 51 Tom K in Mpls
    March 26, 2009 at 18:57

    I have just been focusing on listening to the on-air portion of this. Most of the kids have not been giving the analytically and philosophically correct views. Most express the emotional ‘right answer for the wrong reason’ or the ‘wrong answer for the right reason’.

    They show that they are thinking and learning. I have to say, welcome to the world!

  51. 52 Jessica in NYC
    March 26, 2009 at 18:58

    Excellent show teenagers! It was encouraging to hear your thoughts on issues.

    On the media issue, the thing to keep in mind is they are selling a story. They cover the negative aspects of ALL issues and people not just teenagers.

  52. 53 Luci Smith
    March 26, 2009 at 22:06

    Havng done lots of stuff that was dangerous as a teenager and survived, I can only say that you do not have the same sense of danger when you are a teenager as you get with age. Part of it is ignorance. I think that part of it has to do with the survival of the fittest. A lot of the people I grew up with did not live to be 30.
    That means that those people who listen to their granparents and try not to repeat their parents’ mistakes have a greater chance of survival.
    As to sex and sex education: In Africa, it all depends on the mother-in-law. For women, it is key. Don’t get pregnant with a guy whose mother does not like you or who you would not want to bring up your children. I have been married/divorced twice, have had some of STDs and still do not have any children and I think that it is a smart move, because of the Rule of Mother in Law. That is who you are going to end up living with, teenagers!

  53. 54 Don Lax
    March 27, 2009 at 06:49

    I just heard the BBC Rome correspondent spout the incredibly prejudiced opinion that Pope Benedict ignorantly “mis-fired” in asserting that advocating condom use during the immoral act of fornication rather than teaching people to “flee fornication(not “nonchalantly walk away from” but “flee” as in run for your very life!”) as the Scriptures teach would exacerbate the spread of AIDS.

    While it is a foregone conclusion that the greater numbers of people would fall into atheistic error we must remember that His Holiness has teaching authority over those who make the concious effort to attempt to avoid such fatal error. While not always infallible, whel quoting directly from the plain teachings of Jesus Christ he most certainly is and the arrogant
    editors of LANCET have, by presuming to question the authority of a pronouncement of correct doctrine made themselves guity of the unforgiveable sin – blaspshemy againt the Holy Spirit.

    The school children showed surprisingly good judgement in the conclusions they reached. Now if only certain sodomy-pandering adults who ought to be their role models (instead of vice-versa) would show half as much ratiocination and guts to take the unpopular but morally correct position regarding matters of human conduct.

  54. March 27, 2009 at 14:16

    I can remember being a teenager, and thinking what a sick bunch these so called adults are, and they rule our lives.
    Put us in a prison called school.
    Talk a load of rubbish.
    Take drugs, and drink like there was no tomorrow.
    I was disappointed.
    I thought these ‘adults’ were a load of hypocritical idiots.

    Not a lot has changed 45 years down the line.

    If I were a teenager now, I wouldn’t think any differently.

    ‘Adults’ are a poor and sad example.

    It would seem they like death and destruction.
    Argument over debate.
    They have all these WMB’s!

    Boys with toys.

    Makes me sick the way kids are treated.

    Sick ’em in school for their formative years, thereby guaranteeing they will learn nothing. But it keeps them out of the ‘job market’.
    Punish and belittle them until they become slaves to the machine.
    (You know the machine I mean, it’s the one that just went ‘bust’)

    Leave the kids alone.

    The ‘adults’ are a horrible example of how to get on with life.

    If I were a teenager, I would start a revolution, and get rid rid of these fat bellies and fat heads who push everyone around at their pleasure, and for their gain.

    Out with them! Greedy pigs, and at the youth’s expense?

    You die, I get rich.

    It’s the ‘alliburton way isn’t it.

  55. March 27, 2009 at 17:51

    Hi Students,
    I believe sex education for teenager may work as many of your friends are already victims of teenage pregnancy. Who knows how many of you would have already contacted STIs? So with sex education, you will get necessary information or education as to how to go about protecting yourselves against diseases, teenage pregnancy and the likes while pursuing your educations.

    As per whether the portrayal of teenagers in the media is fair, I would say no, however, I like to commend highly the opportunity given you guys to discuss some of these burning issues with us in different part of the world through the media. I think this is a positive development and wish it continues. You will become role model in your communities and many of your colleagues around the world looking at you or hearing about you will be encouraged to take after you.

    Of course children should be allowed to follow their own dreams instead live their parents’. Like most people, I think a child will be motivated to pursue what he/she likes to become in the long-run. However, I would like for parents to play the guidance or advisor’s role. Remember, in reference to the experience parents have, they can be good at advising in many cases. So I think children should take some pieces of advice from their parents in oder to avoid mistakes on the steps of the way to success.

  56. 57 Fyoder Larue
    March 27, 2009 at 18:14

    Of course it’s wrong to be racist against whites. But the lack of response isn’t that surprising. It has to do with power. If you call the group with the power a bunch of wamplefankers (term doesn’t matter as long as its understood to be pejorative), it will likely be shrugged off. But if the group with the power calls a group without power a bunch of wamplefankers, then there will be howls of indignation.

  57. March 29, 2009 at 13:36

    I agree that teenagers be given sex education with more emphasis on being responsible and delaying sexual activities until they are matured enough to understand consequences.

    Behind the real score on teenage pregnancies, are family systems that are decaying. Parents have been complacent on rules and maybe communication and affection. There is no standard formula on this except that parents should work out their own crisis and hang-ups. Then work out on the relationship with the children. Its how families work, keep on living and loving and accepting!

    It is not too late to give the right amount of time, restrictions and affections to our teenagers who are undergoing crisis the same way as their parents!

    Then all the rest of the teenagers concerns might be rightfully addressed!

  58. March 30, 2009 at 10:02

    Living anybody’s dream apart from yours can be the greatest mistake you will ever commit in your life Jake and Kiri. It’s true that most of our parents having failed or suceeded in a career will like their own children to follow the same line of action, this which is a very gigantic error. The child only ends up frustrated and depressed when he or she doesn’t find joy in doing it. It may lead to suicide mission at the end of the day. Not only smokers are liable to die young, frustrated and depressed Animals (higher and lower animals) are also liable to die young. Parents should forcibly be discouraged against this.


  59. 60 Dennis Junior
    March 31, 2009 at 04:04

    **Sorry for the late Return**

    (Is the portrayal of teenagers in the media fair?)

    I think that the media towards the teenager population in most cases, is fair…Although it is sometimes un-check….

    ~Dennis Junior~

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