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Film's bid to keep kids off crime

Thursday, September 1, 2011

crimePolice in Scotland have produced a film to deter young people from becoming involved in crime.

Secondary school pupils in the Lothian and Borers area are being shown Slide - a story which shows how a young person's fall into drug addiction affects both him and the people around him.

Chief Superintendent Malcolm Graham said the film - launched at an Edinburgh school - was made to highlight the pitfalls of getting involved in crime at a time when many young people fall under the influence of older criminals.

He said: "Organised crime group leaders like to avoid police attention by coercing others into doing their dirty work for them.

"Many young people may be seduced by the notion that crime brings with it perks such as designer clothes, fast cars and big houses, but this DVD quickly dispels that myth."

It is hoped the film's message will get across to young runaways and children at risk, who can sometimes fall in with older, more dominating characters.

City council education leader Marilyne MacLaren said: "Criminals are being sent to prison every day of the week, so it is important teenagers fully realise the dangers they could place themselves in by going down this treacherous path."

Parenting linked to teen drinking

Research has claimed that the way a child is brought up will affect how much of a drinker they become in their teenage years.

Parent and childTeenagers suffering bad parenting when they are 16 are eight times more likely to become binge drinkers at that age, according to independent think tank Demos.

The report also claimed that 16-year-old victims of poor parenting - some of whom could be children at risk and victims of bullying - are twice as likely to drink too much when they're in their mid-30s.

The researchers' findings were based on information on more than 15,000 children gathered over the past four decades.

Parents being firm but warm with their children were most likely to keep them away from excessive drinking in the future, the report found.

However at the other end of the scale were parents who adopted an authoritative stance as well as those who show their children affection but allow them to run wild without rules.

The findings prompted the think-tank to urge the Government and parents to pool efforts in a bid to tackle the issue of binge drinking among young people in Britain.

It called for parents to be warm and caring in their children's younger years and more firm as they enter their mid-teens.

Ministers were urged to invest more in alcohol-related school programmes.

Jamie Bartlett, lead author of the report, said: "The enduring impact of parenting on a child's future relationship with alcohol cannot be ignored.

"This is good for parents: those difficult moments of enforcing tough rules really do make a difference, even if it doesn't always feel like that at the time."

Young people offered housing advice

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Young people living alone or with friends will be able to get help with housing problems thanks to a new campaign.

Housing and homeless charity Shelter has launched the campaign, with its message being carried on posters going up in areas where people suffer problems with their accommodation.

The posters will carry the message "we can help" outlining that advice will be offered to people losing their job or falling into debt - some of whom could be young runaways or young carers.

Young people may also be pleased to hear that the campaign is going web-savvy - bringing in digital and mobile phone support.

Earlier this year the charity released a short comedy film starring comedian Sean Locke. Despite the humorous nature of the release, the film carried a serious message - urging young people against getting mixed up with rogue private landlords.

Kay Boycott, director of campaigns, policy and communications at Shelter, said: "In these tough economic times, more and more people across the country are struggling to keep their heads above water and are in desperate need of our help.

"Fifty per cent of people don't seek external advice when they encounter housing problems, so our priority in this campaign is to increase the number of people coming to us for help and reaching a positive outcome."

Nine-year-old gets A in GCSE maths

two boys standing and holding GCSE result lettersA boy, aged nine, who is taught at home by his father rather than going to school, has just achieved an A grade in GCSE maths.

Ibraheem bin-Suhayl, from Cambridgeshire, was slightly disappointed to have missed out on the A* he had been aiming for but he was still pleased with the result in what he calls his least favourite subject. He had taken the exam once before when he was seven and got a B.

He said: 'I don't like maths, I prefer biology and hopefully I will be able to take a GCSE in that next year.'

Both Ibraheem and his 12-year-old brother Yousuf receive their education at home and are taught by their father. Last week Yousuf got an A* in A-level maths.

Their dad, Sohale Rahman, said: 'All children are different so I don't put any pressure on them or set any targets. I took them out of school because I didn't like the rate of progress and I just teach them in the same way my parents taught me. I'm no maths expert - I've just got an A-level. But we aren't slowed down by the curriculum and just study what's interesting as it comes up.'

Kids write one-off Doctor Who special

A group of young Doctor Who fans have helped to make a special one-off episode of the TV show.

Dr WhoThe school children from Oakley Junior in Basingstoke, Hampshire, met the Doctor himself when they went to the BBC studios in Cardiff.

Death Is The Only Answer was written by the kids as part of a competition by the BBC. They were invited to go and watch the episode be filmed after their script won.

The producers are keeping very quiet about what happens in the special episode but it involves a well-known historical figure, a fez and of course current Doctor Matt Smith himself.

Smith said: "It was so clever, we were all just bowled over, it was a brilliant script."

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffatt agreed, saying it was hard to choose from all the entries as they were all very good.

He said: "There was some really, really skilled writing, it was very exciting how they caught the voice of the Doctor and how they used the always stringent limitations of Doctor Who to their advantage."