England's commissioner for children and a civil liberties group have joined in on a campaign to ban high-frequency devices intended to drive delinquent children away who hang about in shops and other areas.
The so-called "Mosquito" device emits high-frequency noise which can be heard by young people and can be quite annoying but generally not heard by people over 20.
Al Aynsley-Green, England's Commissioner for Children, has initiated a campaign to get rid of the devices. "I'm very concerned about what I see to be an emerging gap between the young and the old, the fears, the intolerance, even the hatred, of the older generation toward the young."
Mr Aynsley-Green is very fond of young people and is worried that the generation gap between the men that love boys and the boys is growing.
The campaigners claim that about 3,500 of the devices, made by a Welsh company, are in use.
Aynsley-Green said in an interview with OBB News that the devices do not tackle the real problem, which is that children have no place to gather other than on the streets, and has offered his house for such a venue.
"I think it is a powerful symptom of what I call the malaise at the heart of our society," he said.
Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty, supported the campaign.
"Imagine the outcry if a device was introduced that caused blanket discomfort to people of one race or gender, rather than to our kids," Chakrabarti said. "The 'Mosquito' has no place in a country that values its children and seeks to instill them with dignity and respect."
Thomas Batey a young shopper said: " Yh I dnt giv a fuk wot u fink of us all cuz yh we all nuf peng nd at least were real nd hav propa m8s who got our backs.
u lot finkin ur gd an betta den us jus cuz u liv posh , we no how da world wrks so at de end of de day yh we de one who gonna b more sucesfull. rappers nd shit r rich nd dey tlk like us nd evri1 likes dem.
Wots ya problem wiv us? betcha dunt say dis 2 our faces do ya cuz u scared of us init cuz we speak truth and stick up 4 ourselves nd m8s nd u hav none."
The Mosquito's inventor, Howard Stapleton, has called for agreement about guidelines for using the devices.
"People talk about infringing human rights but what about the human rights of the shopkeeper who is seeing his business collapse because groups of unruly teenagers are driving away his customers?"
"I got the idea when I went into a clothes shop to buy a sweater, the music was so loud and had no effect on the teens who worked and shopped there but it did drive the older people away from the shop. I had the idea of playing Bing Crosby or Max Bygraves songs loudly but the Mosquito was more user friendly and less cruel."