I loved shooting this job for Well Child and The Book Of Everyone.
The world is changing for kids at breakneck speed. We are smack bang in the middle of the selfie generation. A generation where one third of children between the ages of 11 to 15 are being cyberbullied. Children aged 5 to 16 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day in front of a screen. And Google is their go-to teacher. More screen time means less human time. What should we be saying to children today? Does the advice that we were given as teenagers still stand the test of time? Is our advice more important today than ever?
The photo series was created in collaboration with WellChild with the aim to raise money for sick children this Christmas. Cat Jones, a WellChild nurse, chooses ‘You are enough’ as her three wise words. She explains: “Social media is making kids strive to be more perfect, more beautiful, more of everything. It stops them enjoying being themselves. The obsession with getting likes on social media doesn’t actually mean anything.”
Others taking part in the ‘Three Wise Words For Kids’ project include a children’s law barrister, a video game developer, a teaching assistant for severely disabled children, a health visitor, a boxing coach, a special needs tutor, an athletics coach, a paediatrician, a childminder, and a global children’s charity worker.
These people hear firsthand young people’s hopes, fears, and dreams. And they understand better than anyone the gap between what we wish kids knew and what we actually tell them. You can see the whole series and the stories behind their words at 3 wisewords.com