UK Teenagers

Child-on-Child Abuse Must Be Tackled

Javed Khan | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

We've left children to navigate their way through this explicit content and decide what is right and what is wrong. Even parents who provide loving homes don't necessarily know how to keep their children safe online. Children must be better protected and understand what the parameters of acceptable sexual behaviour are, so as a society we can prevent this from happening.

Right Here, Right Now

Pam Jarvis | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Pam Jarvis

Rachel was fifteen today. She has been told at school that her country- one of the rich, English-speaking nations of the world- is highly privileged, ...

A Letter To My Thirteen Year Old Self

Emily Beatrice Morris | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Beatrice Morris

Dear Me... You have no idea how different your life will be in ten years time. Your life has not even begun yet. Everything you are worrying about now will be insignificant one day.

I've Got This Dog That Eats Pants

Anna J Lawrence | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents
Anna J Lawrence

I think it would be a just assessment to say that The Colonel lost ... both the cucumber and his dignity. And I also think it would be fair to say that I shall be needing to take a trip to M & S very soon in order to stock up on supplies. Of pants. Not cucumbers. We are going to stick to purchasing lettuce for a wee while.

The Best Holidays for Single Parents

Cathy Winston | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Parents
Cathy Winston

Doing all this as a single parent - with the potential financial penalties for travelling as the sole adult - can seem like a huge challenge. But now there are around two million lone parents with dependent children in the UK, more travel companies are waking up to the demand. Here are my trips on booking a holiday for single parents, whether it's your first or fifth, and whatever age your kids are.

How TV And Sports Stars Achieved Success - And How You Can

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents

Celebrities who have won accolades and awards, the love of the nation and a lifetime of exciting experiences haven't achieved all this with simple goo...

There Are No Skinned Elbows on Grand Theft Auto

Dr. Aaron Balick | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Dr. Aaron Balick

Opportunities to have adventures in the real world are necessary to assess risk, celebrate real successes, and learn from mistakes. These experiences help to develop skills for the future. Experiences like these also teach that small failures and skinned elbows aren't the end of the world, and that makes us more resilient.

Footage Shows Brave Teen And 9-Year-Old Save Drowning Toddler

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: some viewers may find the video above distressing to watch. A nine-year-old boy and teenage girl are being hailed as "heroes" after saving ...

Eight Ways to Strengthen Your Child's Mental Resilience

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Parents

We might want our children to sail through life buoyed by happiness, but that's not realistic. There will be knockbacks, disappointments and stresses ...

Dad's Reaction To His Daughter's Tattoo Has Us In Stitches

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When Marie Venezia got a tattoo of a knife on her arm, she had no idea how her father was going to react. The 18-year-old art student from Phoenix, US...

Tell Tale Signs You Have a Teenager

Deborah Hitchins | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Hitchins

Teenagers are a strange breed. Creatures of habit, room dwellers, cupboard scavengers, door slamming mumblers. They like to sleep for copious amounts of time but also possess the ability to become nocturnal socialisers. They fridge forage and either avoid the bathroom at all costs or consume it for seemingly every waking minute... there is no in-between.

Parents Are Letting Their Kids Drive Illegally On Public Roads

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents

More than a third of parents let their child drive a car before the legal age of 17, according to a recent survey. When asked the age of when they let...

Busy Week for Mum Skills

Wendy Wason | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Wendy Wason

This was Saturday evening. I'd been a taxi driver, a chef, a waitress, a nurse, a gamer and a handyman by this point. I'm by no means an expert but it does make me think that some of the stuff they teach you in ante natal classes are absolutely pointless.

Nadia Sawalha On Talking About Puberty With Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Parents

Nadia Sawalha seems to have found the perfect way to talk to her 13-year-old daughter, Maddie, about the occasionally awkward topic of puberty. She ha...

Help! My Eight-Year-Old's Become a Teenager

Sarah Millington | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Millington

My daughter isn't a teenager - or even close to being one. She doesn't have the relative maturity or, frankly, the common sense, that goes with being that little bit older. While, to her mind, she's almost a woman, to me, she's still, in many ways, a little girl - and despite her best efforts to act grown up, she can't help giving this away.

Today's Teenagers Are the Real Education

Trevor Hardy | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Trevor Hardy

Exam season is upon us again, and as the nation's teenagers and young adults look forward to a sweaty summer of swotting up and settling down to a gru...

Helping Your Child Understand the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

Sarah Newton | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

The growing number of young people with mental health issues is worrying me. I see young people everyday who are struggling; they don't know what to do, their parents don't know what to do and the schools are finding it difficult to cope. We need a system that is much more able to support those young people who need it.

How to Get Your Child Revising at the Last Minute

Lucy Parsons | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

In many households across the country panic stations are being hit as everyone realises exams start in just over a week's time. Some committed and diligent students may have been revising steadily for months now. Others will barely have glanced at a text book or flicked through their exercise book.

Teach our Teens to Love Failure

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Wright

When you stuff up, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, swim the wrong stroke, what emotions do you feel? You might feel shame, embarrassment, mortification, anger, frustration, and the undeniable urge to give up!

Would You Like a Side Order of Sexual Harassment With That?

Bronte Huskinson | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bronte Huskinson

In an ideal world, stuff like this wouldn't be happening. I know that might be too much to ask, no one can control what people say. Just respect the staff of the places you visit. Stop harassing them if they are clearly not interested, and for the love of God leave the 16 year olds alone, making them uncomfortable is far from a joke. Respect the staff. That isn't too much to ask.

The Dangers of Legalising Marijuana

Thomas Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

The answer to both questions is 'no', and the onus is now on the government to carefully review the implications of marijuana before deciding on its legalization- for it could well prove a decision damaging and myopic.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

E-Cigs - Gateway Drug or Quit Aid?

Kylie Barton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The e-cig has sky-rocketed in popularity - cool looking vape-shops now litter most high streets. It is like the time before we knew how bad cigs were for us, glitzy advertising, alluring packaging, a variety of delicious flavours - all of which appeal to the rebellious teen (or apparently infant!).

What I Learned By Writing a Book About Body Image

Sarah Newton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

When we think about body image we tend to think two things; firstly the media and celebrities, who are the ones to blame and secondly, that the way out is by educating our young girls.

Sleep-Deprived Teens 'More Likely To Drink Drive'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents

Teenagers who sleep for just four hours a night are three times more likely to drive drunk and engage in "reckless" behaviour, a study has found. Thos...