Here is number #2 of the Teenage Voices series. I've been asking teen bloggers do they think teenagers have a voice and if so is it listened to?
Teenage Voices #2- Allie M
The older generation often believe teenagers don't have any opinions, do you think this is true?
I have to say yes, in a way. It's not just the matter of believing we don't have any opinions and we just mooch off whatever our parents provide, it's also that our opinions aren't taken seriously because we don't 'understand' the situation. When we really do.
Do you think teenagers voices/ opinions are listened to? If not why?
Not as much as they should be. I feel as though people think we just aren't competent enough to make our decisions, which is ridiculous. Where I live, teenagers are depended on to help the family, work, take on responsibility. If a teen can work a job, why can't they be given a chance at voicing out what they think?
What do you think needs to change for teenagers voices/ opinions to be listened to?
The image teens have somehow been given. There are a great many of us who know what we're talking about. We can see as plainly as any legal adult what's going on and how it's affecting us will obviously have repercussions in the future. Furthermore because of this image we've been given I think many teens just assume that role, of the rebellious irresponsible child, because that's all they know to do.
How important do you think it is for teenagers to have a voice/ opinion?
Veeery important. Our opinions matter just as much as adults do-we have the resources to back up our opinion, we can debate about something in a civilized manner, it's just that there should be more of it. More education and less "you don't get it so don't get involved." If you don't think we know what we're talking about then tell us why.
With issues surrounding teenagers what's one issue that you have a strong/ personal opinion on?
Issues surrounding teenagers...probably education in schools? I know that many schools don't teach life skills, they don't update their students on political situations with an unbiased approach, heck, they don't even teach you your human rights. I feel like there should be classes where we can learn how to mature ourselves, gain more knowledge/skills we can use in the future instead of sitting in a class for six hours bored out of our minds. This way when we go to uni, get a job, move into our own place, start a family, or begin a business we know what we're doing.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken part so far! If you would like to be involved, please let me know!