YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY

Jo Aldridge, Simon Cross
2008 Journal of Children and Media  
The new sociology of childhood sees children as competent social agents with important contributions to make. And yet the phase of childhood is fraught with tensions and contradictions. Public policies are required, not only to protect children, but also to control them and regulate their behaviour. Since 1998, the UK judiciary has used Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), civil orders originally introduced to police neighbour disputes, to curb children's anti-social behaviour (including the
more » ... ur (including the wearing of 'hooded' tops in public places). Thus, for children and young people in the UK, youth justice has become increasingly punitive. At the same time, social policies have focused more on children's inclusion and participation. In this interplay of conflict and contradictions, the role the media play is critical in contributing, to a large extent, to the moral panic about childhood and youth. In this article, we consider how the practice of "naming and shaming" children as 'anti social' belies a deeply moral response to the nature of contemporary childhood. We conclude by considering a rights-based approach to children and young people and how this might help address and redress the deeply moralised politics of childhood representations in the media.
doi:10.1080/17482790802327418 fatcat:mx5ynd5hybgkbblgambxkxfkoi