Thursday, 15 March 2018

The stresses of social media

By Max, Max, Tashan, Charlie and Will 

Peer Pressure - How does it affect young people?

By Aisha, Dania, Ara, Mackenzie and Liv

Video Games Good or Bad?
Video games can be good but can also be bad. Everybody has a mixed opinion on video games. People who play fast paced games can improve their reaction speed while people who play strategy game will start to think about decisions more.
Bad influences
Most people think that video games (such as GTA, Doom, Call of Duty and Bloodborne) can cause children to become violent and disrespectful. This blame was caused when a teenager, from Finland, named Pekka-Eric Auvinen caused a fire in his high school, killing classmates and the school’s principal. This incident caused people to believe that video games manipulated this boy’s mind and thought it would be good to set fire to his school. Video games can also cause people to have less time sleeping because, even if you played it several hours ago, your mind will still think about it and prevent you from going to sleep. Another thing that they can do is make you obese. This is caused when you are addicted to games, you will barely go outside and go exercise. The last thing that video games do, is distract you. In the National Literacy Study, within the league table for children’s reading skills, England used to be in third place, in 2001, but then dropped down to nineteenth place in 2006. Video games got lots of the blame.
Good influences
Quite a few people brush past the positive things about video games, when thinking on an opinion. Most benefits include quicker reaction speed, new skills, better hand eye coordination and making the player to find more than one solution. It has also been proved that video games can decrease mental decay. Even video games, like Call of Duty, cannot just be bad, but also good. The fast paced game can make people think quicker and react quicker. The game series Professor Layton, use puzzles that make you think outside the box and also makes you happy when you finally figure it out.
From a pupil’s parent here is their opinion:
“I think that they can be good and bad. They can be positive if they provide entertainment and education but they can lead to people not leaving the house, not getting exercise or not socializing face to face with friends. In my experience, they can also lead to stress and bad language. I think that they are a waste of time.”
In conclusion, people can be affected from the negatives and positives of video games depending on what they play.

By Charles

BBC School Report –
 Does Social Media Cause Stress In Young Children?        
Social media is rapidly growing and becoming more of a part in our lives. However, the pressure of others can cause serious effects of people’s lives and causes major stress among

young people. So the question is: Do you think social media pressures people in the modern day? Many parents are especially concerned for their child as they didn’t have social media when they were kids. Therefore, they do not know how to control or limit their child’s ability to access social media.

Our team at the West Bridgford School interviewed students and staff and these are some reactions.

Anonymous Student- Do you use social media?  “Yes.” How long do you use social media per day?  “Between five minutes and half-a-hour.”     

  Would you recommend social media to someone? “Yes I would.”

Do you think you and/or your friends suffer from social media stress? “I haven’t become stressed by it but other people have.” 

Do you think it’s inappropriate for young people to have social media? “I think it is not a good idea for young children because you can become vulnerable to predators but if they teach it at school it will be safer.” 

Are you worried about online bullying? “I haven’t experienced any but I know people who have so it’s bad.”

So our students are clearly concerned by the threats that social media poses, but the popularity of social media will continue to rise but as long as we, as students, can control our accounts and files than the safety of our generation will be secure.

Written by Charlie, Tashan, Will, Max and Max.

Mental health, time to talk week!

Over the years mental health has been a big problem for society, this week schools across the country have been involved in Time To Talk Week. This week people break down barriers to allow honest and non-judgmental discussions about dating, healthy relationships, bullying, abuse and self-consciousness to build up confidence and help people with mental health issues.

One of the main problems that cause mental health issues is bullying, there are many forms of bullying, these are some: Physical bulling, which includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching, punching and pushing  and causes both long and short term damage. Cyber-bullying, which is where people bully people online mostly on social media, this can be done anonymously, which is a bigger advantage for the bully. Social bullying, this includes name calling, rumors and leaving people out.

At the end of 2016 a popular app came about, letting people all over the world post anonymous comments about you. It reached a sudden worldwide success by mid-2017, it became number one app over 30 countries and gained a quarter of a billion accounts and more than 1 billion page views, even though this sounds like a popular fun app, it has a dark turn, this sparked fears of parents after being notoriously used as a weapon for cyber-bullying. People have received harsh and life threatening comments that could result to deaths or an even more of an increase of mental health issues. Fears that vulnerable teenagers at risk from bullying, self-harming, starving and committing suicide are concerning parents and children’s organisation around the world.

Many petitions and protests have gone out to try and shut this app down, it has caused more harm than good and have left many children and teenagers in danger.
We will keep you updated on what will happen in the future, hopefully this monstrous app will be shut down.

Mia, Charlotte, Mia and Hannah

BBC School Report

Plastic, plastic, everywhere

Due to the headlines, reports, surveys and shocking news, we could hardly ignore this rapidly escalating issue. Plastic waste. Accounts from wildlife conservationists and photographers speak of miles of plastic bags, polystyrene plates and beer can holders floating on the surface of our oceans.  But still the manufacture of plastic grows, as well as the size of landfill sites and the number of sea life and wildlife deaths. So Year 8 students from West Bridgford School interviewed teachers, site staff, and students about their thoughts and knowledge on this concern. Can we still save our planet- or is it too late?

We quickly became aware that young people of a variety of ages were uninformed about the effects of plastic and the scale of plastic wastage. The environment is suffering and we need a global effort to reduce the amount of plastic in food packaging, general objects and the amount not being recycled. Families in the UK, on average, throw away 40kg of plastic into landfill every year, 40kg of plastic that could have been recycled. However, there is still a large amount of plastic that cannot be recycled, we recycle around 50% of plastic bottles, but only 12-15% of mixed plastic can be recycled.  We asked Mr. Normington, a teacher at WBS, about his opinion on the plastic crisis:

“Horrendous, there is a serious need to take action. I reuse my water bottles to try and contribute.” 
When questioned on whether he feels that we can make a difference, his reply was, “Definitely. It would take a long time, as plastic manufacture can’t stop tomorrow, but we can still save the planet.”

Miss Toms, a Pastoral Assistant for our Year Group, had strong views too. “Plastic is one of the biggest issues facing our habitat, and I try where possible to not buy plastic packaged food, and I recycle as much as possible.”

However, not everyone is as enlightened on the subject- an anonymous student in Year 8 claimed, “I buy another plastic water bottle every day because I don’t know much about the effects of plastic on our world.” This proves that young people need to be better educated on the problem- something that one of the kitchen staff suggested. “We have plastic bottle bins in the dining hall, but some students still put normal rubbish in it. I really feel that students should be better informed on recycling, because plastic is now harming the environment by ending up in the oceans.” The school is currently striving to achieve relatively plastic free surroundings by providing water fountains for bottle refills, and exchanging plastic cutlery for bio-degradable ones and ceramic plates instead of polystyrene.

The science technician, Miss Taylor, provided some hope that organisations are trying to tackle plastic waste – and this new innovation can be supported by the public. A citizen science project was launched to train drones to spot litter more efficiently and these drones are trained by you. Logging onto the website  and completing the tagging activity will train the drones’ algorithm to detect litter on the coastline, and then volunteers will be alerted and the litter cleared.

In conclusion, we know that everyone must get involved in reducing unnecessary plastic disposal and use. Thank you for reading our report, and we hope that you will now go and make a difference. ‘You are one in 7.5 billion, and 7.5 billion must come together as one.’

Amelia, Anna, Sadie and Lucy

Year 8 BBC School Reporters
West Bridgford School

BBC School Report Day

Peer Pressure and how it can affect you.

What is pressure?

What do you first think of when you here the verb pressure? It is when you attempt to persuade or coerce someone into doing something they might not feel comfortable with or don’t want to do. However, peer pressure is more common in youth’s lives, especially teenagers.

Why do teens often doubt their appearance?

There is not specific reason why teen’s fear  how they look, but most people want to be accepted or be able to ‘fit in’ and it’s hard being the only one doing something different; this can often link to the use of products or makeup. Also, teenagers feel like they should break the school dress codes to seem ‘cool’ and to fit in. Therefore, this can lead to pressure in school, work, appearance and anxiety of rejection.


- 67% of teenage girls are pressured to dress a certain way.
-41% of teenagers are pressured into changing their behavior in a negative way
-51% of teens feel like 52% of peer pressure is positive.
-In general, students feel pressured about 49%  of the time.

What are the causes? 

Peer pressure can be caused by a need to belong, fear of being made fun of, or just hanging out with the wrong people. Being pressured into certain things can often lead you into trouble. Recent surveys show that pressure in appearance for young people is an increasing problem, resulting in lack of confidence.

How to deal with it?

ü  Change the subject. This is one of the ways to resist peer pressure.
ü  Choose a different friendship group. Whilst it’s hard to say goodbye to friends, it is even harder to say no to peer pressure.
ü  Tell a guardian or teacher. We are sure they will help you.

By Aisha, Liv, Ara, Mackenzie and Dania