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Don’t forget the children when adults take decisions

The Scotsman | 21 August 2014

How can Scotland become “the best place in the world to grow up”? This ambition has become a mantra of our politicians and is one I’m sure most people in Scotland wholeheartedly embrace. But what do we need to do to make it happen?

Quite simply, we must consider children and their rights in everything we do. To do this, we must talk to children, listen to what they have to say and think about the impact our decisions may have. This applies to everyone – from politicians passing legislation; police officers holding or arresting a parent; planning officers looking at new housing developments and parents negotiating an acrimonious divorce.

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Children’s views on coping with a family member in prison

20 August 2014

     

Did you know that every year 27,000 children and young people have to cope with someone in their family being in prison? A new Enquire blog addresses this pressing children's rights issue.

27,000 children is even more than the number each year who see their parents get divorced.

The blog explores children and young people's views and the support that schools can give. Here are some of the feelings expressed by youngsters with family members in prison: "I am so angry with my dad about what he did, but I miss him every day." "It was such a shock that I don't want to see my mum right now, but I am also really sad about what happened." "No one's telling me anything." "I want to be like everyone else."

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Teenagers say: it's too easy for us to see porn online accidentally

The Herald | 20 August 2014

     

Many teenagers say it is too easy for young people to accidentally see explicit images online, with the vast majority concerned that pornography can have a damaging impact on youngsters views of sex and relationships.

Many teenagers say it is too easy for young people to accidentally see explicit images online, with the vast majority concerned that pornography can have a damaging impact on youngsters views of sex and relationships.

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A new poll also suggests that accessing porn is seen as typical for young people, with some admitting that it had become common in their year group at school at age 11 or 12.

It also reveals that just under half of teenagers believe that sending sexual or naked images and videos is a part of everyday life for young people today.

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