The Truth About Plymouth Teenagers

A generation is being stigmatised as promiscuous, unhealthy and violent. But are we being unfair, giving teenagers a hard time for no real reason?

What's the difference between the mods and rockers in the 60's, the 70's child kicking a football against a garage door. Or in the 80's BMX and skateboarders using walls and steps to perfect their tricks.

It's claimed that more than 1.5 million Britons had considered moving home because of young people "hanging around" their neighbourhood.

So what's the truth?

Heart asked five students who go to City College Plymouth their opinions on a range of subjects.

19-year old Jody, 17-year old James, 17-year old Sean, 16-year old Daniel and 17-year old Luke.

We sat them round-a-table and asked them questions on certain topics and it was a real eye-opener, some of the headlines include:

  • 4 out of 5 want to leave Plymouth because of a lack of jobs and prospects.
  • To get on the road it costs £1,500 for car insurance (3rd party fire and theft).
  • The cost of public transport is rising and becoming prohibitive to get to college.
  • The minimum wage means they can't get part-time jobs.

Heart can reveal the truth about what it's like to be a teenager in 2011: SCROLL DOWN

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