Your Shout: Do Children Get a Raw Deal from the Media? SCHOOL Stabbings, Antisocial Behaviour Orders, Child Obesity and Child Mental Health Issues All Make Attention Grabbing News Stories. but Is Media Coverage Giving Children and Young People a Fair Deal? LUCY LYNCH Visited Ernesford Grange School and Community College, Coventry, to Ask for Some Opinions from Pupils with an Interest in the Media

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Byline: LUCY LYNCH

SAM PAGE, 17

AMBITION: A job working back stage in a theatre.

INTERESTS: Going to the gym, rugby, volunteering back stage and war re-enactment games.

HOME: Lives in Coundon with mum and younger brother.

VERDICT: The only paper I read is the Metro. I think it's negative about kids generally.

JACK SERGEANT, 13

AMBITION: To be a paleontologist.

INTERESTS: Playing computer games and using the internet.

HOME: Lives in Binley with mum, dad and younger sister.

VERDICT: I don't think news about young people is unfair. I've never seen anything I thought was unfair.

NATHAN TURNEY, 14

AMBITION: To be a herpetologist (study of reptiles).

INTERESTS: Working at a reptile centre.

HOME: Lives in Rugby with mum, dad and younger brother.

VERDICT: There's more reporting when teenagers do something bad than when they do something good. There should be more stories about people achieving things.

JOSH BIRD, 13

AMBITION: To be a journalist.

INTERESTS: Playing football and cricket.

HOME: Lives in Ernesford Grange with mum and dad.

VERDICT: There is too much negative stuff in the media. There are too many stories about things like vandalism. …