PLAY: K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

PLAY: K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

K(NO)W BEFORE YOU BUY is half real life and half digital SOCIAL GAME. Together, we are going to visualize a world with a healthy alcohol consumption and responsible alcohol sales. ”The Home Office has announced it will ban the sale of cheap alcohol in England and Wales and set a “floor price” on a bottle of wine of £2.24. Taking effect from April 2014, the scheme is aimed at tackling the problem of binge drinking in Britain”, says Lydia Smith of the International Business Times in an article titled ”Will Banning Cheap Alcohol Solve UK’s Binge Drinking Problem?”. It appears difficult to find a good solution to reduce binge drinking and make everyone concerned aware of all the issues related to irresponsible alcohol sale and consumption. To address that challenge, IARS and its 99% Campaign has joined ‘It’s the Drink Talking’ – a youth-driven initiative, hosted by Alcohol Concern. We need your help and ideas to crate a MAP for a better and healthier society. Let’s play “what if?”- What would happen if we were always mindful when buying alcohol and drinking it? How would our lives change? What would happen if our cities were attacked by money hungry shop and super market owners  selling cheap booze to young people without checking their ID. And isn’t it true that cheap alcohol deals may result in young people drinking more? What if we were detectives and secret agents on a mission to spy on and report harmful alcohol promotions and  failure to check ID? To play the game you need to contribute stories, create blogs, videos, art, comic-book style story, sound and photojournalism projects and post your work on our Facebook Page – No Before You Buy. The best stories will appear at the top...
‘Why Vote?’ A Film For Young Voters

‘Why Vote?’ A Film For Young Voters

Catch21 Productions has produced ‘Why Vote?’ for Parliament Week 2012. Young people created the film, and it focuses on why it is important for the younger generation to vote and have an interest in politics. Parliament Week took place between 19 to 25 November and is an annual series of events and activities, co-ordinated by the House of Commons and House of Lords, which aim to raise awareness of Parliament and encourage people to engage with the UK’s democratic system and its institutions. Within the film, there are appearances from members of the Youth Parliament and  politicians including Tim Noughton MP and Lisa Nandy MP. So have a look it may just change your opinion on voting if you haven’t started yet....
Profiles of the Profiled; a film by the Stopwatch Youth Group*

Profiles of the Profiled; a film by the Stopwatch Youth Group*

How does it feel to be stopped and searched? This was the question young people asked when they went out to film their friends, families and people in the wider community. Profiles of the Profiled looks at a wide range of stories, opinions and feelings on the topic of stop and search. This film aims to help address a situation where young people, often on the receiving end of stop and search tactics, are overlooked in the stop and search debate. Profiles of the Profiled is brought to you by StopWatch Youth Group. www.stop-watch.org.uk *All views expressed in this article are the author’s. IARS accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any views expressed in these articles and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information or any losses or damages arising from its display or...
Met Police Knife Crime Video

Met Police Knife Crime Video

With the recent phenomenon of knife crimes among young people, The Metropolitan Police have launched a Youtube video called “Choose A Different Ending”. In the interactive video you take the role of a teenager whose every step requires you make choices. Your first choice is whether you take the knife or not, and from then it unravels with different endings.iframe>[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFVkzYDNJqo] Going through the video there were aspects of it I liked and others not so much. Starting with the positive, I think it’s good that the prevention of knife crimes has hit such a popular website as Youtube. A large amount of young people use Youtube for various reasons and the promotion of a positive topic is surely a good start. I also like the concept of having a positive ending when not choosing the knife, emphasising the daily decisions you make. It also makes you think about the people you choose to associate with, some will get you in trouble and others will guide you away from it. Being that is aimed at a young audience it also features music from artist such as Chipmunk and J2K. But on the other hand, it seems a lot of the black characters portray negatives stereotypes. For example the person you end up fighting with, the guy trying to get you to carry his knife and most importantly you the central character. It would make more sense to have different videos and protagonist from various racial backgrounds to show how it affects a wide range of people. Furthermore there are other factors that influence knife carrying that I feel the video...