Two children, in the U.K. they are children by virtue of age and immaturity, produce a baby. The father is younger than the mother and the mother is two years older than him. They are both minors. Putting to one side the legal issues of under age sexual activity, there are certain other issues that seriously concern me.
First, it is usual in the U.K. for individuals under a certain age to have their identities protected from the media. They are not, as a rule, named or identified by pictures. What is going on here?
Second, I am concerned for the new baby who is enduring a circus of press releases, like a new baby Panda in a zoo. Where is the protection for this vulnerable and helpless little individual?
Third, the maternal grandparents, appear to be complicit in allowing the avalanche of publicity relating to their offspring and in turn their new baby. The young, baby-faced boy, who says he is dad, is pictured kissing baby and hug up to baby, love scenes. The grandparents are noticeable by their total absence.
Fourth, on the front page of one Sunday rag (15th February 2009) there is what can only be described as some kind of manipulation developing
(backlash perhaps from other parties and/or scoop trumping ?) The publicised young father is now said to require DNA tests to prove it is his baby.
It is time there was some intervention to deal with this situation. These minors and a vulnerable helpless baby need to be protected from further manipulation by sophisticated and twisted media games and from any other hidden agendas there might be.
It is time to switch off the limelight.