Young people: good v hood

31 Mar 2008 by Karl Hallam

Ban the hood for good!

Is it time to let children play outdoors once more?

Young people today ... actually, they're great

3 articles from the weekend newspapers giving a different view of young people demonstrating the usual conflict that Cadence Works has come across every time we have been involved in consultation on open space and play. One consultee in Somerset summed it up beautifully 'the message to young people, from adults, about their place in the public realm is very confusing - they want them away from the TV and Playstations, but not playing outside near their homes'.

The Expresses' 'Ban the hood for good' campaign desribes hoods as the 'disguise of feral society'. Do they mean to include Monks? and Robin Hood?, it is certiainly hard to square with the Observer piece about young people being great.

In some respects those two articles are just reflecting their newspapers' stereotypes and demonstrating what a difficult job David Cameron has straddling the old view and new approach of the Conservative party, particularly considering his infamous and denied hug a hoodie comment.

The outdoor play article touches on all the key issues, like traffic and parental fears, but the hood campaign tells us that building up acceptance of young people's right to a presence on our streets and in our parks will not be easy.

 

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