They may be young and addicted to iPhones, but that does not mean today's kids have no interest in the outside world and the way it's reflected in the media.
These six members of Generation Z - people born between 1995 and 2009 - are concerned about the complex world they will enter in the next few years.
From global poverty to their addiction to Facebook, the John Curtin College of the Arts media students shared their views on the issues important to them to kick off a contest for a chance to edit The West Australian.
Year 12 student Wulan Tipper, 17, said Generation Z depended on mobile technology for their sense of connection and safety.
But that reliance had a negative effect on education and health because they were too easily distracted by the internet.
"I can't live without technology, it's with me 24/7," she said.
Year 11 student Brianna Trinidad, 16, said reliance on technology was "an addiction" for many.
She said Generation Z could be more affected by depression because it was impossible to escape cyberbullying.
Year 11 student Mattie Cameron, 16, was deeply concerned about homeless people and feared her generation would struggle to find employment.
"The cost of living is so expensive right now," she said.
Also in Year 11, Bianca Lombard, 16, said being bombarded with unrealistic body images was as big a problem today as for previous teen generations.
But the pervasive nature of social media meant the images had an even greater impact.
"Teenagers are pumped daily with unrealistic images of what society labels as perfect or accepted," Bianca said.
Year 9 pupil Harry Kaye, 14, was concerned there would not be enough resources left on the planet for future generations to sustain today's style of living.
Affordable housing was also an increasing problem with WA becoming an increasingly expensive place to live.
"How will people afford to move out of their parents' homes without assistance, especially if prices continue to rise," he said.
Ashley To, 14, a Year 9, was concerned that overpopulation and dwindling food supplies would lead to increased poverty.
The West Australian and Newspapers in Education is offering 12 students from Years 6 to 12 the chance to be editors for a day in October to celebrate WA Children's Week.
The selected students will advise on the front page and inside sections of a special edition of The West Australian on October 28 which will include student opinion material.
Entrants should submit an opinion piece up to 300 words on an issue confronting today's youth, a letter to the editor (150 words) or an editorial cartoon.The contest runs from Monday to September 24 with details at nie.thewest.com.au from Monday.