UK Teenagers

Why I Will Not Apologise to My Children

Suzanne Whitton | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Whitton

My children have definitely outgrown the cute stage, "I hate you, you're the worst parent ever" is a sentiment expressed far too regularly of late. I am under no illusion that on some (most) days, my children would in fact pick someone else out to be their mother.

Father Blames Daughter's Violent Attack On Failure Of School

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents

The father of a 13-year-old girl who was caught on camera violently assaulting another pupil has blamed his daughter's school for failing to resolve t...

YouTube and Vlogging: The Future of Fame and Fortune

Emily Hay | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

YouTube and its vloggers are the future of entertainment as we know it; but if it's to stay as popular and widespread as it is today then it needs to have its content creators conform to the same kinds of regulations television and other forms of media do. With fame comes a certain responsibility - and these new YouTube celebrities need to take that upon themselves.

Who's The Daddy Now? Gove Hints New Borstal Dumped

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has given a strong hint that he's looking at scrapping controversial plans for a mega-prison for teenagers. Speaking in the Commons, t...

Mum Claims Teacher Said Her Daughter's Clothes Look Like 'Bondage'

SWNS | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

A mum has removed her 15-year-old daughter from school after claiming a male teacher said the teen's goth outfit made her "look like she does bondage"...

Meet The Chronically-Ill 13-Year-Old Making Get Well Cards For Hospitalised Children

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Katie Callaghan has a rare, complex tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, meaning she has to be fed through a tube in her small intestine, as...

Underdog In School Dance-Off Absolutely Nails It

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Here's a lesson in never judging a book by its cover. In a dance-off with classmates at school, the kid in the black t-shirt certainly looks like h...

What Is It Like Being a CEO at 17?

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

As you may already be aware I am part of the World Youth Organization, however, I am not just 'part' of it- but one of the CEOs. My partner Maliha Reza is also a CEO of the organisation and we both work tirelessly each day striving to make the World Youth Organization one of the best global youth charities.

Choosing GCSE Options: The Parentdish Guide

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

It might seem like no time at all since your child first set foot in secondary school and yet here they are in year 9 having to select their GCS...

What's The Difference Between GCSEs And IGCSEs, A Levels And IB?

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

The summer term at secondary school means one thing to pupils in Years 11 to 13: exams. Until recently pupils were entered for either GCSE or A-...

When Is The Right Time To Buy Your Daughter Her First Bra?

Parentdish UK | Ceri Roberts | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents

Alamy Shopping for a first bra is an important milestone for any girl, but it can be difficult to know when the time is right to take her for a f...

Why Private Schools Are Better Than State

Parentdish UK | parentdish.co.uk | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents

PA Recently we ran an article entitled Why private schooling isn't worth the money. The response was huge, heated - and divided. Here, we present...

Children in Foster Care Deserve a Positive Future as Much as Any Child

Kevin Williams | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kevin Williams

Stability affects us all, and when you have none you feel alone. Children in foster care are our children, and as a member of a fair and good society we have a duty to do all we can to make them feel loved and supported. They deserve a positive future as much as any child and at The Fostering Network we're determined to help them achieve that.

Is This School Uniform Policy Too Strict?

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents

A teenage girl was sent home from school after being told her trousers did not abide by the strict uniform policy. Jade Welch, 15, from Margate, wa...

Could You Foster? Charity Issues Plea For 8,000 More Foster Carers

PA | By Emma Clark, Press Association | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents

A charity has issued a plea for 8,000 new foster carers to give teenagers more stable lives, after a survey revealed more than a third of (40%) teenag...

The Teen Years: Aliens Landing

Jody Brettkelly | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jody Brettkelly

Aliens landed in our backyard one night and inhabited the kids for what we earthlings call the Teen Years. Little do they know I have cracked their code.

Mum Angered As Gunfire From MP's Home Disturbs Teens Sitting GCSE Exam

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

A mum has complained her daughter's GCSE exam was disturbed by the noise of gunfire coming from the home of an MP. The mother, who asked not to be ...

Yes, the Kids Are Smarter Than Us...

Jill Hodges | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

Young people are switched on - and are going to be the motor of the economy going forward. It's exciting and encouraging, sometimes inspirational. I for one couldn't be happier that they are smarter than us.

'Rigid' A-Levels And GCSEs Criticised By 'Exasperated' Eton Head

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

England's exams system has come under criticism from the head of Eton. Tony Little said GCSEs and A-Levels are like an "egg timer", squeezing a wea...

Cornwall with Teenagers

William Gray | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
William Gray

How do you keep a 'family holiday love affair' with Cornwall going when your children become teenagers? Try these ideas for making Cornwall cool for big kids this summer.

Don't Criminalise Teens for Sexting: Educate Them Instead

Harriet Williamson | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech
Harriet Williamson

A loophole in the law means that any under-18-year-old taking explicit selfies can be charged with creating and sharing indecent images of children. This is particularly nonsensical in the case of 16 and 17-year-olds, who can consent to sexual acts and relationships, but are unable to take or share erotic pictures of themselves.

Why My Father Bought Me My First Bra

Caroline Saramowicz | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Saramowicz

For many young girls, buying a first bra is an exciting and noteworthy experience. I however, was disturbed by the ordeal, while my dad was disturbed by the price ("£14?! I could have sewed you one myself!").

Five Years of Cringe: What I Watched, as Revealed by my Excruciating Teenage Diary

Julia Wagner | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Wagner

When I read my diary now, I'm amazed to see how regularly I have noted influential programmes. My memory fails me many details, but the diary provides specific examples of what I watched. I don't really want to go back in time. But I can re-view what I watched then. Rewind and remember.

Eleven Ways to Be a Bit Less Bad at Revision

Eve Delaney | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Delaney

It's important to take frequent breaks during your revision session. The brain is a muscle (not factually correct) that gets tired like any other muscles (do hearts get tired?). In order for a break to be effective, you must fully remove yourself from your working mindset. Dig a hole in the garden or annoy your sister a bit. Just keep the line between work and play clearly defined.

Young People With Cancer Need Better Relationships and Sex Advice

Matt Whyman | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Whyman

Every day, six young people aged 16-24 receive the shocking news that they have cancer. Treatment usually starts immediately, can last for up to three years, and disrupts every area of their lives. Of course, this can include relationships and sex. And yet at such a formative time the issues that arise are not often openly discussed. Until now.