Issue 80 - 06 | Ending Ephebiphobia: Young People Deserve More

By Sarah Newton
Published March 9, 2011 12:00 a.m.
“The stereotypes of young people and the irrational fear we have of them have no place in modern society.

Pliny the Elder was on to something when he said, "What we do to our children, they will do to society." If his words are to ring true, then we are in for a whole lot of trouble.

If we don't counter this trend, our young people will increasingly lack the emotional resilience and social competence that is needed to make society a safe, fair and happy place. What we need is a model for empathetic behavior when it comes to dealing with young people. A model that every adult can apply in every situation—be they a parent, an employer, a schoolteacher or a concerned citizen.

Isn't it about time that, as a society, we stopped crushing the spirits of the next generation and started to understand their situations, feelings and motives and in turn change our own feelings, thoughts and attitude towards young people?”

About Sarah Newton | Sarah Newton is an enthusiastic and passionate thought leader on all subjects that involve and revolve around youth and society. From her experience as a police officer in London to her controversial work with open family parenting, Sarah has an opinion about most things and is not afraid to speak up for what she thinks is right. Sarah has appeared on over 13 TV stations, 60 different radio stations and has received extensive newspaper and magazine coverage, with full-page features on her work in the Independent, the Times, the Sunday Express, the Mirror and the Telegraph. Sarah’s passion is for empowering the next generation and she regularly writes about youth success, youth empowerment and how to impact the future leaders of tomorrow.
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