Thursday 21 September 2017

Anna Carey: Why we must teach our teens they don't have to look perfect

I'M ALWAYS wary of any tendency to claim that everything was better when I was young. This is partly because when I was a teenager, 20 years ago, I hated adults telling me they felt sorry for the youth of today.

But it's also because ever since the publication last year of my first book for young adults, 'The Real Rebecca', I've spent a lot of time talking to groups of teenagers in schools and libraries all over the country and, in general, I think they're all right.

Today's teenagers, both boys and girls, come across as funny, smart, engaged and confident, and every classroom or library visit usually leaves me feeling cheerful and optimistic about the future.

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