UK Teenagers

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?

How Do We Prepare Our Children For Failure?

Joanne Gray | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

Simply, you can't. I certainly wasn't prepared. I knew after my exams that my chances of achieving what was necessary were slim but I hoped I was wrong. Isn't that what we all do? Hold on to hope. Even if our son messes it up, he will rage for a bit, get hysterical but until the verdict is delivered on the morning of 17th August he will still hold onto hope.

Early Intervention Is How We Help Our Teens To Have A Positive Body Image In A Social Media World

Dr Anna Colton | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Anna Colton

t is vital that we keep the conversation around body image open. Young people rarely want to talk about what is upsetting them when they are in the midst of it - they often return to it at a later date when they feel less vulnerable and more comfortable.

It's That Time Of Year - Muck Up Day

Joanne Gray | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

For many teenagers across the country, this week includes one of THE most important dates in the school calendar, Muck Up Day. For those sitting their A levels this is officially their time to let off some steam before the start of the exams, but also to celebrate the end of an era as they say a fond farewell to their school days and head off into the big wide world.

Pushing Adulthood Away

Helen Sandle | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Sandle

As I sit on the edge of your bed, my hand gently smoothing away the hair on your forehead, I feel the heavy pressure and angst of being a teenager ebbing away. You're sleeping now, the fever having finally settled. And, there, just as when you were smaller, I sit, watching you. To me, you are still my little girl. Especially as you sleep.

How You Could Avoid '13 Reasons Why'

Sarah Zafar | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Zafar

People have become more selfish towards their own needs, and less empathetic towards others. Instead of talking to each other when we sit next to a stranger, we think that it would be less awkward to gaze down at our phones and pretend we are too busy. The person sitting next to you could be hurting inside, yet you would never know because you did not try asking.

As Parents We Need To Ask Ourselves Whether Children Really Need Their Own Smartphones?

Joanna Cates | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Joanna Cates

Friends made the point that a phone was necessary for safety reasons (even though I, along with the rest of the human race, managed to get through childhood relatively unscathed without one). They argued that it was important that they could get hold of you if they needed to.

Fostered Teenagers - A Double Whammy Of Misunderstanding

Kevin Williams | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kevin Williams

I would encourage anyone thinking about fostering to come forward because there are so many more teenagers out there who need a secure home environment to help them stabilise their lives and move forward.

Thoughts On 13 Reasons Why

Kate Delaney | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate Delaney

*Trigger warning: mentions of sexual assault and suicide* Image credit: Netflix I know, I'm late to this topic. I've heard so much about 13 Reasons...

This App Alerts Parents When Their Kids Create Or Receive Sexual Images

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents

Parents who are worried about what their child gets up to on their mobile phone will soon be able to keep tabs on the type of images that are sent and...

Grieving The Loss Of Childhood: Hurtful Teenage Years

Anita Cleare | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Anita Cleare

I knew this was inevitable, this separation. It is part of his transition to adulthood. But I didn't expect it to hurt so much. I have become that clichéd old woman who clasps photos of past birthday parties and strokes a little boy's face with a teary smile. (I am not allowed to stroke his real face any more).

Teen Creates Life-Saving Code For Heart Attack Victims While On Work Experience

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager on work experience has created an award-winning code that could save the lives of heart attack victims. Ben Wald, 16, devised a system to ...

Teen Told Her Crush She Liked Him Through Genius Spotify Playlist

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you don’t know how to tell your crush you’re into them, take inspiration from 17-year-old Hannah Woodley. The teenager, from Ohio, created a un...

Yep, I Am Definitely A Mother Of Teenagers

Sharon Brison | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sharon Brison

Been there, done that and lived to tell the tales of my teen hood! Only my tales of my teen years fall on deaf ears, namely my kids, when I start anything with "when I was a teenager......".

Exam And Revision Tips For Parents On How To Help Their Teenagers

Joanne Gray | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

As a parent of teenagers, going away over the Easter Holiday or the May Half Term for any substantial period of time is simply not an option as these are the key revision periods for the exam season, which is now just around the corner.

Yorkshire Police Force Announces Rise In Young People Sexting And Issues Guidance To Parents

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents

A police force has issued tips on how parents can discuss sexting with their child, after announcing a rise in reports of teens sending sexual message...

Revision Advice (For Parents)

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents

Exams are stressful - for parents too. Do you sit on the sidelines offering meals and sympathy or start wielding coloured pens to create elaborate rev...