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…….
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?