In this day and age, young people do not feel as if they have a voice. They feel shut down and ignored, but worst of all, they feel as if what they say does not matter.
When a young person does anything bad, it is blown up into a huge story, and in a lot of cases, the young person in question is made out to be worse than he or she actually is.
In some situations, young people are used as scapegoats, because it is so much easier to blame them. Young people are always on the tip of our tongue when we mention the England riots of 2011, but there were plenty of older individuals involved, which we seem to conveniently forget about.
I admit that young people are not perfect and that we can sometimes do more to help ourselves, but we do need the support of the elders that we are supposed to look up to. We also deserve to be heard, because we matter just as much as everyone else.
This is a platform that will act as a voice for young people, so I want to hear any of your thoughts, opinions, worries, triumphs and achievements. If we want to be taken seriously, then the change has to start with us.