UK Teenagers

In Defense of Unpaid Internships

Isabel Maguire | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel Maguire

We hear the stories of many fellow comrades who have fallen foul to that 'vampiric' institution of unpaid internships which appears to sap the elixir of life from aspirational go-getters. These people have watched The Devil Wears Prada one time too many. There's a whole corner of the internet dedicated to sharing these exaggerated cosmopolitan horror stories.

Let's Have A War On 'Grunting Teenagers'

Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Schools should teach pupils to speak eloquently to help dispel the myth of the "grunting teenager", a former Labour government adviser has said. Be...

40 Things From Your Teenage Years All Students Will Relate To

The Huffington Post UK | Albertine Brandon | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The definitive list of 40 things from your teenage years every student will relate to: 1. One person bringing a bottle of vodka to the party and ev...

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Banning Phones Won't Beat the Bullies

Grant Feller | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

Last week my 15-year-old daughter told me she hated me. Absolutely screamingly, door-slammingly, never-come-in-my-room-again hated. 'You don't understand,' she said. 'This is my life and you're ruining it!' I hadn't stopped her from going to a party or from going within 10 feet of boys (tempting though that is). All I'd done was banned her from having her mobile phone in her room.

Your Guide to Annoying People on the Bus

Fez Sayed | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fez Sayed

Like Spike Lee's aptly titled movie, 'Get on the Bus', I've decided to examine the random characters I always come across on my weekday commute home from making an honest buck. I say honest buck. I mean expenses only internship. (Just kidding London360, I love ya really).

How A High-Salt Diet Could Speed Up The Ageing Process

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Teenagers who eat lots of salty food may age more quickly than those on a low-sodium diet, researchers have revealed. Not only can consuming lots o...

The Horrific Shooting of a 15-Year-Old Girl Exposes the Reality of Girls, Guns and Gangs

Polly Courtney | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Polly Courtney

We have become aware of - almost immune to - the impact of gangs, guns and drugs on teenage boys in our communities. We turn the pages blithely as newspaper headlines scream of gang-related stabbings in Brixton, confused shootings in Tottenham... But girls? In gangs? Until now, it has barely crossed our minds. We like to think it doesn't happen.

Teen Bodybuilder Consumes 5000 Calories A Day, Beats Men Twice His Age

Barcroft Media | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Teen bodybuilder Daveon Hill is so dedicated to his sport, he scoffs 5,000 calories a day and wakes at 4am to hit the gym. The 18-year-old has give...

Stepping Up

Amanda Prowse | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Our boys have grown up secure in the knowledge that whilst there was enough love to go around, the special bond they shared with their birth parent would remain intact. But do we treat them differently, NO!

A Quiet Word...

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

here was evidently some form of disconnect between my son's verbal acuity and his ability to write things down. His math's skills soared and he remained bright and questioning with a fascination for the world around him, but reading and writing were still huge hurdles.

So Just How Do We Get Our Kids Eating Healthier?

Rob Blakeman | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

If we really want to know how we can correct our children's eating habits we need to understand that it isn't the kids who are at fault, it's our assumptions about the kids that have brought us to this point.

‎Self-Esteem Is a Hot Topic - But What Actually Is It? And why is it so important now?

BritChick Paris | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It is as a teenager that we face the greatest test of self-esteem. We become aware of how we look, how others see us and worst of all we become aware of a world that judges us. From every angle teens are told to be prettier, sexier, skinnier, to wax, to colour and to fake it. Very few talk about anything other than they we look.

It's SO Unfair!

Nick Abbot | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

The kids are revolting. And they are revolting against stereotyping by the media. That is so typical of them, what with their whining and their egotism and their thinking that they are the centre of the universe. Unless that is stereotyping, in which case I take it back (and taking things back is typical of the lilly-livered, spineless middle aged).

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know...

Melanie Jones | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Jones

You are NOT fat. You are just a shade short of 5'8 and a size 8. That is not fat. Not in my book, not in anyone's book. Our society has become obsessed with body image.

Helping My Deaf Teenager Grow Up

Helen Armstrong | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Armstrong

This situation is the reality for many parents of deaf children. Lucy was diagnosed as moderately deaf at 9 months old. 90 per cent of deaf children are born to hearing parents with no experience of deafness and I also had no experience. So I had to start from the beginning and learn as much as I could.

Jon Savage Talks 'Teenage'

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

Teenage uses archive footage alongside narrated stories of real young people of the time, the film explores the birth of the modern teenager as well as early subcultures like the Bright Young Things and the Swing movement in the United States. The film also explores what life was like for teenagers under the Nazis.

Teachers Told To Search Students' Phones For Sexual Images

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers should search through their students' phones for sexual images, a Home Office Minister has said. Speaking in the house of Commons on Tuesd...

Generation Breakdown

Mark Piggott | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Piggott

My nine-year-old daughter has started taking me to task for using "wicked" as a form of praise. At 47, she explains, I'm too old to use words and phrases which are the preserve of the young. She also says the punk music I've finally worked out how to load onto the iPod is too loud. For a moment I think she's going to complain you can't hear the words.

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.

To the 12-Year-Olds Playing Gangsta Rap on the Bus

Richard Fry | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Fry

Girls, if you listen to misogynistic music it just makes it popular so more will get made. If you play those tunes out loud from your phone on the bus, you are saying you are okay with woman-hating. Are you really? Don't justify it by saying you like the tune whilst wilfully ignoring the lyrics.

Obsessions of a Parent - How Our Body Image Can Affect Our Children

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicci Roscoe

If we can't accept what we look like then how do our children stand a chance in a society that constantly sends out messages about how they expect us to appear?

What Turning 18 Means to Me

Susannah Keogh | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Susannah Keogh

Here's something you probably don't know about me- I'm a twin-and no, before you ask, we're not identical. This month, we turn eighteen - but we're celebrating in very different ways...

Teenagers Get... Political?

Alix Long | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

That's the thing about politics. You may think it's confusing, and not relative to us at all. But all it takes is a teenager with a laptop and a story to share, and it seems a completely different story.

'Embarrassing' Parents: Cringey or Cool?

Anna Pitts | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Pitts

Whilst it is understandable that anything that combines parents and 'getting jiggy' are quite possibly the most mortifying situations to be in, other activities that made the 'Top 10 Cringe Index' seem questionable.