A comment in another thread got me thinking about this…
In my area, there is a bunchof teenagers that hangs out on street corners…they are all good kids, the play american football, they laugh a lot and slag each other off, they are polite to me…sometimes they get up to what I can only describe as stuff I would have done myself at their age…they drink a few cans, they leave their chip wrappers on the road, occasionally they might knock over a bin. They don’t fight, they don’t key cars, they don’t hassle anyone.
Older people in the area hate them with a venom, always giving out about them, neighbourhood meetings and so on. You would swear kicking a football against the church gates was the new organised crime the way these folks go on. Guards have been called in for this sort of thing.
Obviously this is my point of view.
However, I do see how an elderly person living on their own could feel nervous of a bunch of teenagers hanging around the street corner. And I do see how an elderly person might take it upon themselves to come out and give out to these kids for being rowdy; and I also see how the teenagers will most likely tell the elderly person to go screw themselves in that situation…and how the elderly person may then call the police and so on and so forth.
But where am I going with this.
(i) there is abosolutely nothing for these teenagers to do, if they want to socialise with their peers, except meet up either on the street corner or in someones house…and the latter is an issue if its a big group.
(ii) they are doing exactly the same things I did as a teenager…
So I’m just wondering, is there anywhere…any suburb…where teenagers have options of places where they can socialise on their own terms with each other in a way that doesnt antagonise the neighbours …and I mean purely socialise…not rugby training or gaa…I’d be particularly thinking of the 14 to 17 age group.