There have been many stories in the news recently. So, our news team at Wester Hailes Education Centre decided to investigate.
Are kids getting the message about carrying a knife?
To begin our investigation we asked a group of S1-S3 students about their knowledge.
We found that most young people underestimated the age where you can carry a knife. The legal age minimum is 18 but most young people incorrectly thought it was 16. They also underestimated the penalty for carrying a knife (currently, in Scotland, up to five years in prison). Many young people thought you would only get fined.
The good news is that the majority of young people surveyed do not carry a knife and do know anyone that does. But is the government putting enough money into educating young people about knife crime? We found out some great places for more help and advice if you are worried about a friend carrying a knife and/or knife crime.
So where can you go for reliable information?
No Knives, Better Lives are a charity that offer help and support to young people.
Where can I go if I have been affected by knife crime?
Chloe, Sam & April
This week the BBC published a report that questioned the safety of heading the ball. As a young player myself I decided to investigate this issues. Having questioned my fellow youth players I found a worrying lack of knowledge in this area.
The BBC report detailed how ex footballer Geoff Twentyman (who headed footballs countless times through his career) was now concerned about the damage he may have done. The report also featured the case of Kevin Moore who died from a type of dementia. This worried me so I decided to ask PE staff at our school for further information.
Stuart Clarke, 32, is a PE teacher at Wester Hailes Education Centre. He is concerned about the effects of heading the ball in football games played by young players.
What do you think about heading a football?
I think headering a football should be taken out of the game for younger years. I am not sure about the long term effects but I know that repeated hits to the head in youngsters could have a serious impact on their development.
Do you know anyone adversely affected by repeatedly headering the ball?
Not personally but there are some ex professional players who suffer from memory loss casued by years of headering a football.
What do you think that, as a school, we can do to prevent injury?
I think we should encourage balls to be to the feet. It improves the standard of the game and avoids youngsters headering. I would take headering out of the game at least to under 16 level.
We all know we should be eating healthy. We all know we should be eating our ‘5 a day’. So we are a nation of healthy teens? Right?
We decided to investigate whether young people are getting the message about healthy eating.
Having canvassed opinion we were quite surprised to find out that girls said that they care more their health than boys. This surprised us because we thought it would be equal. This also perhaps means that more girls than boys are getting the message on healthy eating.
Carrots vs Cake
The majority of teen boys that we surveyed ‘don’t really care’ about their diet and still eat loads of junk food. This is worrying because the effects of eating badly in your childhood can impact your health as you age. Teenagers should balance their diet by trying to add some fruit to breakfast and some vegetables at lunch.
What can parents/carers do?
The BBC have a great ‘healthy eating for kids’ website with lots of useful advice and tips. We found that young people who cooked at home with parents when young tended to eat healthier now.
Are you breaking the fast?
In school we are told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we agree. But unfortunately we discovered some very unhealthy breakfast choices: energy drinks, sausage rolls and sweets! Our school has a brilliant breakfast club with lots of healthy and filling options and we think this is really important. It is essential that you break the fast!
In conclusion, teenagers healthy eating is essential to living a happy life. Parents should be encouraging their children into the ‘5 a day’ habit and have breakfast every morning because it’s the most important meal of the day.
By Klaudia Chelsea and Marnie