‘Let’s banish these toxic perceptions of teenagers’

The CEO of youth charity Young Scot wonders why some adults have amnesia about adolescence and believes it is time to speak up for ‘teenage tearaways’

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It's hard to imagine a more upbeat cheerleader for teenagers than Louise Macdonald. The chief executive of the Young Scot charity peppers Twitter with sunny epithets about the joys of youthful zeal, with a side order of chivvying encouragement for teens who might struggle to see their lives in a positive light.

A quick check of tweets in the previous few days confirms that impression: on exam results day, she’s reminding her followers to “be kind to young people every day” – especially those not getting the results they wanted – and a little later, she’s breezily linking to a blog post by a ...

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