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We cannot allow young people to bear the brunt of this latest crisis, protecting them must be a priority – Mark Casci

It is close to a century now since the expression ‘youth is wasted on the young’ was first attributed to the legendary Irish writer George Bernard Shaw.

It is a phrase each passing generation has chosen to use when describing younger generations and naturally pertains to the notion of young people wasting their health, vigour and vitality when it is at its peak.

Although it is rarely backed up with any data it remains a sensibility any generation can escape from feeling. As someone who turns 40 later this year, I cannot deny it has crossed my own mind a couple of times in the last couple of years.

However, the reality is young people are looking increasingly likely to have their youth wasted for them without so much as lifting a finger.

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