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Does the public perception of young people matter?

As I was driving in to work today I was listening to the Today programme on Radio Four where there was a discussion about how the public condemn all children and young people. The discussion was centred on the release of Barnardo’s Children in Trouble Campaign which includes a provocative video clip .

As well as using language that has been used in the press about young people on the video the campaign includes a survey that was undertaken to check out these expressions. In one instance more than a third of the adults questioned agreed with the statement that the streets were “infested” with children.

What I found intriguing about the interview / discussion was the blanket view of David Fraser, a senior probabtion officer, who feels that perception doesn’t matter compared to evidence in the real world and continued to talk about young people being a ‘problem’. I was very surprised at this however being prepared to be challenged, I wondered whether we do make too much of an issue about the image of young people? Are we really making too big a deal out of perceptions? Are there examples where postive impressions of young people have made a difference to the community?

Personally I believe that perception is an issue. Frequently I come across areas where young people are viewed negatively and are perceived to be the cause of all the problems a community is facing. When you drill down it transpires that it is a few young people who are causing a few of the problems, not all of them. Young people and children are often represented negatively in meetings I attend in a way which wouldn’t be allowed when discussing the elderly or other groups of individuals.  So – what do you think? Should we or shouldn’t we worry about perceptions?

Using Images, video and other media online

Well, I’ve finally set up a SNS as a place for colleagues involved in developing the Social Media Strategy to discuss and share ideas. We’ve used Ning to do this and will see how it goes. It’s already been pretty active today and I think everyone who’s been invited have managed to find their way there. The discussions so far have been about what sort of areas we need to consider for the strategy.

Number one that tends to rear it’s head (as always) is safeguarding for both youth workers and young people. Mixed with this, although raising it’s own queries is the use of images and video, in particular YouTube. I have a whole heap of mixed questions / concerns / feelings / uncertainty / fear about this area and am trying to sort my way through them.

Taken by James Huenink

(Orange Question Mark Button courtesy of James Huenink)

On the whole I don’t view using images & video on the internet as scarey and then someone comes along with a strong opposite view which then leads me to question mine and think that maybe I should be more concerned. I have a number of questions which others may or may not know the answers to…..I will also post across on UK Youth Online to see if there’s any comments or pointers over there.

Firstly – postings on YouTube. Other organisations are obviously doing this, including some youth services. What sort of consent do you need to post video images of young people on here or similar sites? I’m asking because I know that individuals or groups post their own clips or clips showing other people. Is this ok if they are doing the posting? Do people advise young people what could happen to the video bites that they are posting?

It has been suggested by a colleague that if we decide to use YouTube (or something similar) as a service we might need to consider ‘locking’ the posts so that no one else can use them. If you do that then it inhibits some of the sharing that we might want to be doing with it. Potentially one of the issues (more…)

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