Teenagers: Crime and Press Target

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Today’s teenagers are rebellious, lazy, materialistic and immoral?

Teenagers are violently criticized for every little bad thing they do these days, some places more often than others. Well, of course this is all true. I mean, obviously all teenagers are good-for-nothing gangsters, who defile their bodies with tattoos and piercings and show not even an ounce of respect or politeness to anyone at all, including their parents. Come on, seriously, how in the world can this be true? Although this would not happen in Singapore, where the country’s press actually praise its youth most of the time, England’s press target their teenagers for most of their problems. According to them, youth crime rate is rising, underage smoking is going up, gang fights are occurring everywhere, it’s no wonder so many adults walk on the other side of the street when they see a group of teenagers together. However, if one looks at the government statistics, the youth crime rate in England is actually lower than the previous generation’s, also known as the one’s who are blaming teenagers for everything. However, for Singapore, the country’s youth crime rates are relatively low, except for an odd incident here and there sometimes. This is because Singapore has extremely strict laws when it comes to things such as this, which will give the country a bad name. For example, a group of more than three youths out in public together can actually be deemed as an ‘illegal gathering’ by the police and the group must break apart immediately, or risk arrest. Just a month ago, three of my friends were simply skating outside after midnight, and they were pulled over by a policeman who demanded them to produce a form of identification. When one of my foreign friends could not produce his green card, the policeman threatened to take him back to the police station. Fortunately, they managed to leave unscathed. Another reason why the adults in Singapore do not fear the youth is because of the...
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