Aasmah Mir finds out what teenagers are really doing in sexual relationships and uncovers a world where porn and gang culture are strong influences on their attitudes.
In Teenage Kicks, Aasmah Mir explores the sexual pressures faced by teens in Britain today. At a time when young people are more exposed than ever to extreme sexual and violent behaviour, we hear about the work being done on the front-line, with kids who are growing up too fast. We hear from teenage boys on why sharing girls together is not just 'gang rape', but a way of life. And we'll find out how gang culture is pervading teens' ideas of how relationships work. Aasmah looks into the factors that mean sexual violence is on the increase in the early teens. And meets youth workers at the sharp end. How do you teach a 14 year old, who's used his mobile phone to film a girl performing a sexual act, about the complex nature of 'consent'? What if his frames of reference come from pornography on mobile phones at school? Teenage Kicks asks those working with youth, and teenagers themselves - what can be done to help young people have healthy relationships?
Producer Lizz Pearson.