Teen Talk for Tuesday March 5, 2013

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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Over the weekend I saw a presentation of someone’s recent experience of going to India.

One thing that stood out for me was the condition of many young people’s lives. We know people in places with high poverty rates are extremely vulnerable. But this really made me think about how lucky we are as young people in the UK.

Many youngsters in India have limited or no education, poor accommodation, dirty water and often no family

As young people, we take advantage of what we have and don’t appreciate it as much as we should.

One aspect that frustrates me the most is free education and how we frequently disrespect it.

When I was at school, I loved it! I enjoyed the social and working aspects of it as well as the extra curriculum.

There were individuals who would distract others. Now I respect that they love to make people laugh and want to be popular, but there is a time and place to do that.

Referring back to young Indians, when they had the opportunity to learn, they’d digest every little thing that was delivered to them.

I feel that we often disrespect what we have as we’re unaware of what’s happening to other young people in the world.

Possibly, if we knew more, had someone really emphasise what life is like for them, then we’d definitely appreciate what we have.

I hear you say ‘that’s the other side of the world, why does that affect us?’ Well I guarantee a young person living within a two-mile radius doesn’t even get half of what you do. Let’s remember those who aren’t as fortunate as us.

· This week I felt that it was important to look at an area we tend to forget about.

Searching for a first part-time job is exciting but stressful.

The frustrations of writing a CV, ensuring it’s accurate and waiting for that all-important phone, call keeps us on edge.

I’ve had a part-time job for almost a year now, although I have friends still struggling to find that first job.

Some young people tend to forget about others who are unemployed.

I’m not implying we should all cut our hours so that someone else can have a job, but think about youngsters still searching.

Maybe we could offer to look over a friend’s CV or help them to look for vacancies.

Whether your friend or relative is successful or not, they’ll appreciate the time and effort you’ve put in to help them.