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Ohlordysugarandspice Tue 19-May-20 21:31:46

Is it just in my town that suddenly there are groups of teenagers hanging around again. I know parents can't keep them in but surely parents must know they'll go out and meet their mates. There's no social distancing when I see them. I wouldn't mind so much if they were stood/sat apart from each other to have a chat.

Aibu to worried that social distancing seems to be stopping. My neighbours keep having visitors chatting at the door, they've had quite a few visitors go into their house etc etc. This virus is going to be here for a long, long time isn't it? Why are the British public so selfish. It's not just themselves they are putting at risk. It's their families, friends, children, paramedics, doctors, nurses, supermarket workers etc.

I've had enough of people tbh. Aibu?

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Dellow Tue 19-May-20 21:57:28

YADNBU but people are idiots and there’s nothing you can do about it unfortunately. Best thing anyone can do is take their own precautions as best they can for themselves and keep an eye on their own families safety. And vitamin Dwink !

Dellow Tue 19-May-20 21:59:37

Pretty much sums it up !

DahliaDay Tue 19-May-20 22:01:19

Oh so it’s not just teenagers at all then? Your neighbours and ‘people’ as well?

Your thread title only mentions teenagers?

Ohlordysugarandspice Tue 19-May-20 22:05:40

Shall I lengthen my title for you Dahlia? My god.

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Tiramisuiloveyou Tue 19-May-20 22:10:44

Selfish some of these idiots will be ok even if they get it they are likely to recover quickly or they maybe asymptomatic but one of their mums, sisters or relations might be a carer and pass it onto a vulnerable elderly person they care for or to one of their elderly relatives or a relative or friend with an undiagnosed health condition who is likely not to be so lucky. Or their parents might work in a supermarket or in a newly opened takeaway etc and be spreading it around your area that way.
A teenage den has been found in the woods near us. Apparently a group of local teenagers are all meeting up definitely not observing social distancing and drinking, smoking and messing about loudly on an evening.

Sparklingbrook Tue 19-May-20 22:19:02

Not a thing around here from what i have seen.

CalmdownJanet Tue 19-May-20 22:21:01

But Dahlia is right it's not just teenagers, you said yourself your adult neighbours are at it too, there are young kids out in force where I am, women out in their walking groups, loads of people are at it. I feel sorry for teenagers, they always seem to get a bad wrap.

There was a photo of three teenagers sitting apart chatting recently on my local fb page, people giving out shit, but I was passing ladies out for their brisk walks with their friends in 2's & 3's constantly and nobody says a word, god forbid a teenager does the same.

So yes people are putting others at risk, including but not just teenagers.

Where I am we can walk in 3's since yesterday and I was delighted to see my teenage dd head off for a walk with her two pals after weeks of not seeing them

Darbs76 Tue 19-May-20 22:24:56

Parents can keep them in, my son is 15, he’s not going out with groups of friends. I wouldn’t really trust it if he said he was gong with 1 friend. Fortunately he’s not left the house since March when it was his last day of school, lots of cases around here, he’s sensible

DahliaDay Tue 19-May-20 22:28:55

just another teenager bashing thread that the best you can do?

Breastfeedingworries Tue 19-May-20 22:33:27

I saw local teens outside the nearest shop to me. Sitting on different benches far apart. I thought it was so cute. Really proud of them.

Writerandreader Tue 19-May-20 22:34:50

It's been nearly 9 weeks. They are young and it must feel like much much longer. Please remember thst many young people aren't welcome or safe at home.

When I was a teenager I would have found it torture being away from friends thst long.

Importantly op you need to look at the transmission patterns. Outdoor transmission is very very very unlikely. Teens are also very unlikely to get sick so let's cut them some slack.

I have lots of people stop and chat on my doorstep. It's almost zero chance if covid transmission.

andannabegins Tue 19-May-20 22:49:02

Parents can keep their kids in. I have an 18 year old and 15 year old and they have been no where except to walk the dog alone since lockdown began

Ohlordysugarandspice Wed 20-May-20 06:42:20

Ffs I am not teenager bashing.

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Subeccoo Wed 20-May-20 06:46:55

I can and do keep my teenager in, he's nearly 15. He's been out on one walk with one friend this week and I totally trusted them! Not all parents have unruly teens you know.
I can't face seeing loads of people out so am just staying home or running really early like I'm about to!

Waxonwaxoff0 Wed 20-May-20 06:55:22

By the sound of it there is hardly any community transmission happening. It's mostly concentrated in hospitals and care homes. We have to get back to normal at some point.

Sciurus83 Wed 20-May-20 07:01:25

wax there's been barely any community transition because people have been in lockdown. It will come back.

Waxonwaxoff0 Wed 20-May-20 07:02:44

Scirius I don't think it will. It hasn't so far in other countries that have relaxed lockdown.

Pixxie7 Wed 20-May-20 07:06:29

Is anyone really surprised they see adults on beaches etc. I think a lot of teenagers must have found it hard. I think overall they have behaved remarkably well. We need to practice what we preach.

Chachang Wed 20-May-20 07:08:42

Title: groups of teenagers
OP: everyone seems to be at it

I'm not teenager bashing though.

QuixoticQuokka Wed 20-May-20 07:10:55

It's not just teenagers. Why specify them in your title rather than just say 'groups of people'? I'm concerned for my teenager with some of the comments lately about young people being out, they are allowed out! Mine was questioned by a child while walking home from school yesterday about why he was out, how it was any of their business I don't know.

maddening Wed 20-May-20 07:17:46

It isn't teen bashing fgs, it is. OK to observe and question.

I would also suggest that the teen groups occurred pre relaxation. I don't go out much to notice but my friend lives in a city and her husband has noticed lots of groups of teens congregating throughout the lockdown when he has gone for groceries.

They would not let their teen out, it is not all families whose teens are so disrespectful and selfish, but some families fail to dispense any sense of duty, respect, responsibility, rules and boundaries or good behaviour in to their dc.

And yes, both groups of teens and others.who.have ceased to observe social distancing as selfish cunts

fuckinghellthisshit Wed 20-May-20 07:19:21

Teenagers are as a group behaving incredibly well, I think it is astonishing.

maddening Wed 20-May-20 07:20:08

And the op is not suggesting that it is all teens ffs, it is just like the teacher threads.

Springersrock Wed 20-May-20 07:28:07

It's not just teenagers. Why specify them in your title rather than just say 'groups of people'?

Agreed. In your own post you say other people aren’t keeping their distance, so why the special mention for teens? It is teen bashing

Teens are public enemy number 1 in my area. Lots of posts complaining about them with replies ranging from fine them, fine their parents to lock them up and bring back national service, and one memorable “well I hope their parents catch it and die, perhaps then they’ll understand”

One of my teens is struggling terribly with anxiety at the moment, she always has really but we’re now at the point even leaving her bedroom brings on massive panic attacks.

She managed to meet her boyfriend in the park behind our house at the weekend. They took a flask of tea each and had a socially distanced chat - I can see the park from my house, I could see they kept 2m apart. The amount of grief they got from random passers by was unreal. Lots of people stopping to question why they were out.

All the while big groups of dogs walkers, runners, cyclists, friends, etc are out in the same park at the same time and it’s totally unremarked upon

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