UK Teenagers

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 05.05.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 27.04.2015 | 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 23.04.2015 | 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.

A Letter to My Teenage Self

Amy Treasure | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

This letter is for all the teenage mums and the women who have suffered abuse. For the women who have been told they are not good enough or they will never achieve anything. There is light at the end of the tunnel, you will come out the other side.

Teens Need to Be Aware of 'Revenge Porn' Risks Too

Claire Lilley | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Claire Lilley

'Sexting' is playing an increasingly insidious role in young people's relationships. So there is clearly a need to educate children about the risks of this behaviour to them and other young people whose images they share.

What Happens When Your Teenage Daughter Tells You She Has A Boyfriend

Amy Treasure | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

So she comes home from school and casually drops it into our 'how's your day gone' conversation. The conversation we have every day. Except this isn't about the funny thing that happened in maths or that she sang a solo in the choir. This is about a boy, 'the boy' the one she likes and I can tell she's smitten.

Why Low Confidence at School Can Become a Lifetime of Insecurities

BritChick Paris | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents
BritChick Paris

‎We have created a self-esteem vicious circle. Schools don't nurture hobbies and passions that make teens feel worthwhile when their natural confidence is plummeting. It is these very activities - and not just hardcore sport, chess, golf, zumba, violin, that construct enduring self-belief. ‎Instead they are ditched for instagram, selfies and thigh gap comparisons.

How To Support A Teen Through Zayn Malik Heartbreak

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

Zayn Malik's decision to quit One Direction has left fans shocked and upset. Teenage Directioners in particular have flocked to social media to share ...

No One RSVP'd To Boy's Birthday Party, So Twitter Threw Him One Instead

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Odin Camus turned 13 on Friday, his mum, Melissa, planned to throw him a bowling party in Peterborough, Ontario. But after sending invitations...

Homeless and Alone: Teenagers Are Being Let Down

Matthew Reed | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Our shocking findings show that an estimated 12,000 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to fill Wembley arena - have asked their council for help in finding a new home for them. But more than half are turned away without even being assessed.

Mums Reveal The Weirdest Things They've Found In Teenagers' Bedrooms

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

After the penis beaker fiasco, we thought Mumsnet wouldn't get any weirder. But then all sorts of stuff happened. Now they've started chatting about a...

Mother's Day....in the Middle Years

Liz Fraser | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

When our children are very young we think we are in a living Hell.We think that nothing could EVER be as bad as this living Hell, except possibly if our father-in Law came round for tea as well and pointed out how we should just relax more.

20 Annoying Things About Living With Teenagers

Anna Fraser | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Fraser

We are all aware of the possible big nightmares which may lay in store for us parents once our beloved offspring enter the 'Teen' phase. For me though, it's been the little changes which have felt more like seismic shifts within my carefully crafted and harmonious household.

Adolescent Girls Need Access and Choice in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Michael Holscher | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Michael Holscher

Flexible and adaptable models must be developed to ensure broad access and choice. Health service teams must adapt their operations to meet the unique needs of adolescents and other underserved groups.

Reflections on a Teen Bra Twanger

Natasha Batsford | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I can see the children struggle with the idea even as I explain it to them: Usually it is a game of chase that has ended in tears because Esme has become bored but Alfie is determined to keep chasing her anyway.

In Readiness for an Empty Nest

Fiona Gibson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Gibson

In a few months' time my twin sons will leave home. I'm fine about it, really. Well, sort of. Okay, I'll probably be clutching at their ankles, bleating, 'Why are you taking your guitar? You won't need that. And your books... why not just leave them here?'

Children With Mental Health Problems Told By Parents: Don't Get Help.

Alexandra Massey | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

We need a new policy from government level down if we are to catch these vulnerable children before they fall. As shocking as these figures are, we haven't got time to re-educate parents into being more honest with themselves.

There Are Shades Of Grey in Consent Too

Lucy Unwin | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Unwin

Perhaps we owe it to these teenagers to talk more openly and honestly about those many shades of grey they're discovering in sex, and how to bridge the difficult and confusing gap between their own desires and the clear-cut, oh-so-simple version of consent they're being presented.