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Thursday 27 September 2018

Brighton-Based Teen-Run Production Company Join Sussex Police To Address Tech Addiction

Brighton5 is a teen-led video production company that is giving teenagers the tools to improve their own lives and combat the issues they face, including tech-addition, mental illness and self-harm. 

As part of the Brighton5 project, the teenagers will create video content to empower themselves and educate others.

Teens will learn skills in production, animation and music that they will use to gain a positive understanding of issues that affect their mental health, such as device addiction and negative body image, which can sometimes result in self-harm. 

The teenagers will team up with Sussex Police to help tackle wider, crime-related issues that teenagers face. 

Brighton5 was launched by three local business-women, Daisy Cresswell, Tayler Cresswell and Jane Keating after seeing the disconnect between parents and their teens. 

Together they will create video content that combats anti-social behaviour on and off-line and encourage young people to be more socially conscious.

Brighton5 founder, Daisy Cresswell said of the partnership: 

"The video content we are making with our teenagers helps to break down barriers and gives them a platform to express themselves. 

"The officers we are working with may be in uniform but they are also mums, dads, godparents, aunties, and uncles. 

"This collaboration is about understanding teenagers better and keeping them safe. 

"Importantly it's about how we get these messages through, using media that kids and adults relate to. It's a really exciting mission!"

By working together, they will look in to issues facing young people through their eyes.

They hope that some of these young people will become part of Sussex Police young person's external reference group who advise Sussex police around their work with young people.

They also wanted to tackle the current mental crisis among teenagers, with research showing that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys suffer from depression before they hit fourteen. 

Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick, Sussex police Children and Young People's champion added: 

"Children and Young People are our future and getting it right at the start will prevent much bigger issues further down the line."

Alongside partnerships with Sussex Police and The Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Brighton5 has a TV show in development which will showcase the teens' journeys. 

There will also be a radio show and podcast released featuring parents and experts who are directly affected by the issues teenagers face.

Parents and teachers who are interested in this project can get involved by visiting the Brighton5 website at www.brighton5.com.

by: Mike Cobley



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