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19 February 2014, 06:36
A new study has revealed the extent to which stereotypes are having a negative effect on North East teenager's self-esteem and employment opportunities.
The study, carried out by think tank Demos and National Citizen Service (NCS) found:
18 year old Rob Austin from Kenton in Newcastle's told Capital:
'Bad news sells more than good news.
You could have 100 good stories about teenagers but it only takes one bad story to wreck the good reputation of teenagers.'
Rob has set up a website called Teenwise.
Inspired by the riots in the summer of 2012, Teenwise is an online newspaper and platform designed to create a better understanding of teenagers by giving examples of their positive contribution to society.
7 volunteers now contribute to the site on a daily basis.
Rob says that teenagers now are more concerned with what's going on around them compared to previous generations:
'We are more engaged with what's going on because technology is more advanced.
We're always on social media so we have a better understanding from just looking at issues on Facebook and Twitter.'