our society are treated differently because of their age.
While that is not always wrong, when that treatment prevents
children and youth from taking responsibility for what they
can do and for what society needs for them to do,
that is a problem.
Discrimination against youth
happens in a variety of ways, including language, personal
interactions, organizational culture, government policies and
laws, and community climate.
Issues related to Discrimination
This webpage features
information and links to other Freechild webpages about some of
the forms of discrimination young people face today.
Anytime adults are favored over adults is adultism.
Ephebiphobia - The fear of youth. Pedophobia is the fear of
Racism - Anytime
one race is favored over other races.
The fear of or discrimination against homosexuals.
rights issues - Curfews, censorship, criminalization and
ageism that denies the ability and responsibilities of young
rights - Search and seizure, internet censorship, school
uniforms, freedom of speech, zero tolerance, corporal punishment
and privacy issues in schools that deny the abilities and
responsibilities of young people in schools.
Using letter grades and disallowing students to graduate because
of test scores discriminates against young people.
Youth-Adult Partnerships - Relationships created between
young people and adults that are intentionally designed
to defeat discrimination against youth.
Intergenerational Equity - Fair
treatment, including behaviors, rules and cultures that supports
mutually beneficial interactions between young people and
Ladder of Youth
Participation - Sociologist Roger Hart's tool for measuring
how substantial youth participation is.