Top 3 issues that young people are facing today

07/11/2022

Young people today are facing some tough issues. From advancing technology and socio-cultural problems that are out of people’s control, it can be easy for today’s youth to be led down the wrong path or become left feeling trapped in a state of negativity or self-consciousness.  

Many TV shows or movies these days focus on storylines around addressing current social issues. For example, the popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why; showcasing the severe effects of mental illness among secondary school students, caused by harassment and forms of assault from their peers. Although spreading awareness, this doesn’t stop the social issues that young people are facing. 
 
In this blog, we aim to explore the top three issues that young people could be facing in their daily lives. Find out not only how a BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work degree from the University of Bolton can prepare you for a career making a positive difference to the lives of young people, but also how we have been voted first for Student Satisfaction for the past five years*. 

Children are growing up too fast  

With the advancement of technology, children are having access to much more than they did a decade ago. With the development of social media and no real age protection policy, children are able to gain access to their own Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok accounts. Exposing them to images and messages that aren’t appropriate for their age group. This can often lead them to start making poor life choices based on the content they are seeing online. In more severe cases, this can lead to them experimenting with drugs and alcohol because they’ve perceived it as the ‘cool’ thing to do; not thinking of the social or health risks associated with these choices. 

young people drinking

 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  
Another serious issue that the youth are facing today is drug and alcohol abuse. According to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, there has been a significant increase in the number of young people entering treatment for drug and alcohol abuse in recent years. Data from 2020 reported that around one in five adults aged 16-24 admitted to using drugs, making this one of the most common age groups associated with drug use. Much of this is due to the increasing accessibility of drugs, making it more common for people to do it due to reasons such as peer pressure. However, what makes this a big issue for young people today is that the risk of taking drugs is often ignored; meaning that in more serious cases, it can lead to further problems such as addiction, mental health issues, legal troubles, and serious health issues.   

More children are growing up in single-parent households  

These days, there are around 1.8 million single parents in the UK, with 90% of this figure being women. This means there are approximately one million children growing up without a father in their lives. A major effect that living in a single-parent household might have on young people is feeling lonely. This is because there are circumstances when growing up that a girl might feel more comfortable going to their mum about, and vice versa with a boy and their dad. This means that if a child doesn’t have this then it could lead to them bottling things up; which could then have larger effects on their actions and behaviour. Causing them to make poor decisions when out in the community due to the lack of support and guidance they have had at home.

young single motherBA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work at the University of Bolton 

If reading this has emotionally resonated with you and made you want to make a positive difference in your community, then a community development and youth work degree at Bolton University could be an ideal way of pursuing a rewarding career.
  
From being recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by the Endorsement Standards Board for Community Development (ESB) and the National Youth Agency (NYA), our course is one that guarantees to help you stand out in an ever-evolving industry. At Bolton University, we believe that for our students to reach their full potential, they need to learn from getting out in the community. That’s why as part of the course, they undertake a total of 800 hours of fieldwork practice and work-based learning. This can be made up of studying in several distinct settings that aim to improve the lives of young people in communities; preparing our students for a career where they will need to adapt to changing environments.  

Our excellent links with over 70 partners and external agencies mean that we can offer our students placements in youth and community centres, schools, alternative education projects, women’s refuges, and community projects; supporting their industry knowledge development in any area of the industry they wish to enter. 

Interested in studying at a Greater Manchester University that is proud to put our students and their needs first? Look at our community development and youth work course details in more detail. 

Contact us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on 01204 903807 for more information, and find out what #UniAsItShouldBe is all about at the University of Bolton. 

*Complete University Guide – 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 – Northwest 
 

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