UK Teenagers

Get A Life, Not A University Place

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lyndsey Stoner

Maybe it's just me, but... I need to talk about results day. Tomorrow, hoards of rabbit-in-the-headlights teens will be opening envelopes up and d...

16 Signs Your Child Is Becoming A Teenager

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents

Becoming the parent of a teenager can make you feel crushed, furious, tearful, redundant, nostalgic and fiercely proud. And that’s just in one meal ...

Mum Thanks Teen For Taking 3-Year-Old Brother To School After Family Emergency

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has openly thanked her teenage daughter for taking her three-year-old brother to class with her after a family emergency prevented her from pick...

Jamie Oliver Rates Himself A 6/10 Dad To Teenagers: 'I Don't Think I'm Very Good'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents

Jamie Oliver would give himself a rating of six out of 10 for his performance as a dad to teenagers, admitting he doesn’t think he’s very good. Th...

How To Cuddle Your Teens (And Grown-Up Children)

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

I notice this is an oddity, even in Western cultures, to be always touching and hugging one's teenage child. Those who spout attachment parenting in early years are surprisingly non-tactile to their teens.  My psychologist friend tells me that there is this belief that the teenage years is about "individuating" a child, that is to say, force them to become self-sufficient.

Teen's Hair Transformation Shows The Physical Impact Depression Can Have

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A hairdresser has shared before and after photos of her client’s hair with a poignant message about mental health. Kayley Olsson, from Waterloo, Iow...

Coping With Panic Attacks - A Modern Day Epidemic

Joanne Gray | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Gray

I am not an expert, I only have my own experience as a sufferer some years ago and my treatment to draw upon but that has been enough for me to encourage others not to dismiss panic attacks as a "passing phase".

How Parents Can Calm Anxious Children And Teens Ahead Of Receiving Exam Results

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents

Once the stress of exams is over for children and teenagers, then begins the long wait for results, which can be an extremely anxious time. Whether t...

This Mum Has A Genius Trick To Find Out If Her Daughter Is Lying About Where She Is

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents

If you ever worry that your teenage kids aren’t exactly being honest about their whereabouts, you could try this mum’s trick. Heather Steinkopf, f...

Snapchat Maps Set A Sullen Scene For Kids' Online Safety This Summer

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

With a wealth of gadgets available today, from tablets to games consoles to mobile phones, children are infinitely more tech-savvy than in years gone by - the average 13 year old has a far better grasp of the internet than most 40-somethings I know.

Why Teenagers Feel Embarrassed To Use Their Inhalers

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Andy Whittamore

Image: author's own A recent study by the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research found that teenagers with asthma are embarrassed to use their inhaler...

Eight Skills Every 18-Year-Old Needs To Become A Productive Adult

Quora | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents

An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers -- faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics--in the real world.

Friends Encourage Teen With Spinal Scar Not To Fear Wearing A Backless Dress To Prom

SWNS | Susan Devaney | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Style

A teenager who underwent a major operation to straighten her spine opted for a backless dress to display her scar with pride at her high school prom. ...

Are Teens Tech-Savvy But Security-Poor?

Vince Warrington | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Teenagers might have all the latest apps and a better understanding of the online world in general than many adults, but the fact remains that they are not good at protecting their data, whether by failing to back up their important files and photos or through over-sharing of personal information

This Teen Came Out To Her 'Homophobic Family' On Instagram And People Are Loving It

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 17-year-old has gained fans around the world after coming out to her family on Instagram. Ellisa, who says some members of her family hold homophobi...

Teen Issues Perfect Response After Classmate Calls Plus-Size Models 'Disgusting'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Anna Sweetland’s classmate called plus-size models “disgusting”, the 16-year-old saw it as an opportunity to teach him (and others) a lesso...

Essential Festival Tips For Teenagers And Parents

Joanne Gray | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

Teenagers like to think they are invincible but humans were not designed to withstand three-five days of continuous drinking, eating rubbish food, jumping and sleep deprivation, they will return smelly, grumpy and exhausted and totally disinclined to answer any questions.  

Teen Who Escaped Grenfell Fire Explains Why She Sat GCSE Exam The Next Morning

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents

A teenager who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire then took her chemistry GCSE the next morning has said she didn’t want to miss the exam because she...

Remember When You Were An Insane Lovesick Teenager?

Olivia Jones | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Jones

I'm about to tell you something very embarrassing but I'm only telling you on the basis you've probably done something similarly desperate before. When I was 15, struggling with my sexuality and obsessed with the Sugababes, I fell head over heels with a girl.

AQA English Language Exam Teaches GCSE Students An Unexpected Parenting Lesson

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents

Teenagers sitting the AQA English Language GCSE exam got a rather unexpected lesson about parenting from their source material. The 15- and 16-year-ol...

Corbyn's Snapchat Told Teenagers The Story

Sue Pringle | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sue Pringle

Sitting around the kitchen table this morning with my 19 year old daughter and her 18 year old best friend was a joy. Somehow, what seemed impossible last night, became possible, and Corbyn created some unlikely allies in his inspired election campaigning.

A Taste Of Travel For Teens

Sonja Lewis | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

In one holiday, I became responsible beyond home, trustworthy, and gained a lot of credibility with Mama and ultimately my parents, too. This new status would serve me well later when I wanted to go out on dates, away for college, even move to New York.

This Teen Posted The Perfect Photo To Shut Down Her Fat-Shaming Bullies

SWNS | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 13-year-old girl hit back at body-shaming bullies and faced her “biggest fear” by stripping down to her swimsuit on the beach - and posting the ...

How To Help Your Children Through The Exam Process

Julie Lodrick | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents
Julie Lodrick

While our children's futures will still be decided by exam grades, it is important that parents, students and teachers see the process in the context of long-term character development. Factors such as how the student sees themselves as a learner and whether they can develop the resilience to engage with challenge and learn from their mistakes, have a big part to play in deciding success.

Tips And Advice On Having The #TeenTalk With Confidence

Sarah Newton | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

Remember what this conversation is really about. While on the surface it is about puberty, it is really about helping your child respect and accept their changing body and love themselves more. It is a conversation about empowerment and choice, and what better conversation is there to have?