Opines June Eric Udorie, 16, student, blogger and feminist campaigner:
The digital landscape has put increased pressure on teenagers today, and we feel it.
Awwww, diddums! Do parents not have a responsibility here, then?
If my mum turned off the WiFi at 11pm, my sister would beg me to turn my phone into a hotspot. She always needed to load her Snapchat stories one more time, or to reply to a message that had come in two minutes ago because she didn’t want her friend to feel ignored. If I refused, saying she could respond in the morning, I’d get the “You’re ruining my social life” speech.
Ah. It seems they do, but their efforts are being thwarted by teenagers themselves. ‘twas ever thus!
It’s becoming more and more obvious how the pressures of social media disproportionately affect teenage girls.
Oh. Of course. It’s affecting teh wymminz!
What is really worrying is that time and time again, these studies pop up and demonstrate that the mental health of teenagers, especially teenage girls, is on the line. We know this. We know the perils of the internet, we’ve heard about online bullying and the dangers of Ask.fm, we know the slut-shaming that goes on in our schools. We know these things. We know that these studies demonstrate that we have to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) statutory in schools and ensure it covers a range of issues from healthy eating and sleeping to consent.
Do we? Do we really?
You mean, teenagers will ignore what their parents say, will ignore their smarter peers (like you), but will unquestioningly obey their teachers?
Hmmm. Doesn’t sound a lot like any teenagers I’ve ever known…
And yet, Nicky Morgan and the government refuse to act.
Well, for once, good for them! It’s about time they declined to meddle in something they are ill-equipped to deal with.
So I ask: what are we waiting for? Inaction on these issues is harming the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people in this country. What has to happen before we do something?
By ‘we’ you really mean ‘them’, don’t you? Why look to ‘them’? Why not look to yourselves?
Why expect the state to take the responsibility away from parents and peers, when it seems to do a far worse job on the whole?