Generation Next has been contacted by ABC’s Four Corners in relation to a program they are putting together about young people, how they feel about the world and their place in it. They are looking for young people from different ages and backgrounds that would be willing to participate.
Please see the message below from ABC’s Four Corners:
The ABC TV show Four Corners is putting together a program on young people and how they feel about the world and their place in it. The idea is to hang out with young people of different ages and backgrounds to get their perspective. In the media, there tends to be a lot of talking about kids but not a lot of talking with kids. This show is designed to give them a voice.
The inspiration for this is the steady release of studies and reports like the happiness index, and lots of expert commentary that says, despite all the advantages today, many children feel increasing levels of anxiety. Which of course can lead on to more serious mental health issues later.
We want to know what today’s kids and teenagers think about the world. What are they happy about, and what are they unhappy about? Are they optimistic about the future, or pessimistic? Do teenagers think they will leave school or university and get a stable job, or are they fearful for the future? What part do activities like sport or dance or other activities play in helping them cope with those anxieties? What kind of world do they think they will inherit?
And, what effect is this having on our children? Are they more stressed and anxious than we would expect, or are they coping calmly with the challenges they face, and with the news they read every day, over which they have no control?
In addition to the initial participation, there might be some follow-up filming with the child at home or elsewhere, and perhaps including other family members. Filming starts this week and will be carried through over 2 or 3 weeks. The program will most likely air in 5 weeks’ time (to be confirmed).
If you are interested in being part of the program or know a young person who would like to participate, and would like your contact details to be passed to the producer of the program, please let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can put you in touch with the producer who will discuss the program in more detail with you and address any questions or concerns you might have.
Thank you and we hope you will be part of this important conversation on young people.