June 16, 2008

Student DVD Aims to Cut Out Conflict

A GROUP of students have teamed up with a youth charity to produce a DVD designed to help young people avoid conflict.

The Queen Margaret University media students have been working with teenagers from the Bridges Project in Musselburgh to produce the short film series.

The films explore how to deal with potentially confrontational scenarios, from coping with a difficult work colleague or a noisy neighbour to talking to parents about personal matters and sex.

The aim of the DVD is to help teenagers think about different methods of communication so they can deal with the situations positively.

Graham Drysdale, film lecturer at Queen Margaret University, said: "The film first highlights what the outcome of a situation would be if the teenager approached a difficult situation with the wrong attitude.

"It then goes on to demonstrate how a good outcome can be achieved if the situation is approached in a calm, friendly, non- hostile way."

Fiona Langskaill, from Bridges Project, added: "We now have a DVD which offers young people a straight forward uncomplicated tool to help them deal with potentially difficult situations."

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