Happy birthday sweet sixteen, sixteen candles, have a birthday wish
Exams are over, grades no concern as you skip on out with your shirt untucked
Happy Birthday sweet sixteen
Awkward cvs to get a job
No replies, you feel disheartened, cheer yourself up with a barcardi breezer
No drinking until your 18 but your 16 and breaking the rules
You smoke because he says so, flirt with boys because she says so
Curfews ignored, it's just not fair, your the only one in by 8
You plot, you lie, you know it's not right but buying a fake id is just fun right?
Noone understands, you feel so alone
So many conflicts going through your head: You want to be slim, you wish you could sing, you want to not be so seriously awkward.
Dear sweet sixteen
Sixteen is tough, you feel misunderstood and confused wondering when oh when this awkward stage will pass.........
Seriously awkward audio recording
The Children's society seriously awkward campaign is calling on the government to change the law to protect 16 and 17 year olds from abuse and negelect
- The majority of parents feel life is harder today for teenagers than when they were young.
- One in three 16 and 17 year olds has faced sleepless nights due to worry in the last year.
- One in three 16 and 17 year olds frequently feel anxious and a quarter frequently feel sad.
- One in ten 16 and 17 year olds admit they feel pressure to do things that could leave them at risk such as taking drugs, drinking alcohol or spending time with people they don’t feel comfortable with.
- 70% of this age group do not describes themselves as ‘streetwise’
- Two thirds of 16 and 17 year olds feel judged just for being a teenager.
- The Children’s Society estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds in the UK face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships.
- A teenager has to be under 16 to be protected by laws on child cruelty and neglect.
- Three quarters of parents believe 16 and 17 year olds are still children and should be protected from harm – but the law is dangerously inconsistent in this area.
At 16,I (like many teenagers today) put on a HUGE front that I was capable of doing things all on my own and that I was streetwise and savvy because I caught the bus on my own every morning. When in reality, I still needed to be looked after and be made to to feel safe and protected, which is why I'm proud to be a Campaign ambassador for The Children's Society, tackling issues very close to my heart.
*Awkward disclamer: Barcardi Breezer as a company and brand does not encourage underage drinking