Teen Report: Speaking Out on the Issues

By Lucy Carter
January 4, 2007 7:34 p.m.

Teenagers often get a bad rap for not always being aware of the problems going on in the world.

But ask teenagers what they believe these problems are, and you'll get a variety of responses from the war in Iraq, new technological advances, and the lack of involvement when it comes to politics.

"Teens need to get involved in politics and stuff like that so that we know what's going on around us.”

"If we could take a stand as teens and show people that we can't just be pushed around by media, then we can actually change some of our world."

Teenagers are aware that it’s important to be up to date on current events.

"Being well informed is really important, if you're well informed you feel compelled to change, help change."

Also, changing the lives of many teens is the war in Iraq.

"I think the war in Iraq does affect us largely, and we're losing way too many men than we could."

"I really wish people could deal with things on a more civil level, rather than killing civilians; it's not going to get anything much further. There's still the issue at hand,” issues that teens say need to be dealt with sooner rather than later.