UK Teenagers

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...

Exam Revision Tips For Kids And Parents

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Parents

During exams, whether it's SATs, GCSEs or A Levels, it can be a stressful time for the whole family. The last thing you want to be is a nagging mum...

Girl Praised By Mum's Friend For Refusing To Calculate BMI At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents

A man praised his friend's daughter for standing up against body-shape norms that "persecute children", by refusing to calculate her BMI at school. Th...


Lisa Edwards | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Lisa Edwards

I think back to when I was fifteen and developing major crushes on older, unattainable men wherever I went. I never acted on them, but I think the targets of my devotion must have been only too aware that there was a young girl mooning around after them, hanging on their every word.

Mental Health Problem or Just Teenage Behaviour?

Katie Buckingham | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Buckingham

Teenagers often respond to negative experiences with their friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends, in what may seem an over-dramatic manner. What we tend to forget is that this may be the first time they have had experiences like this, and they have not yet managed to, or are still in the process of developing coping strategies to use in response to these situations.

Two Teenagers Are Facing Jail Over Their Facebook Posts

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Tech

Two teenagers are facing jail over Facebook posts that vilified a judge and glorified a murder. Damien Parker-Stokes, 19, and a 17-year-old, who canno...

10 Pocket Money-Boosting Jobs For Today's Teenagers

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents

Once upon a time it was fairly easy to pick up a part-time job in your teens. A healthy supply of paper rounds, waitressing and 'Saturday girl or boy'...

We Need to Help Young People With Mental Illness Feel Empowered

Sarah Newton | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Newton

I personally think that the answer lies in young people speaking about this themselves, outside of any government-funded, adult-run initiative. But what I do know is that they want empowering, relevant, honest and practical conversations, which according to them they are not able to have anywhere other than with certain friends at the moment.

Teenage Pregnancy Rates Drop To Record Low

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents

The number of teenage girls getting pregnant in England and Wales is the lowest it has been since 1969. The rate for girls under 18 becoming mothe...

It's Not Easy Being the Mum of a Model

Helen Sandle | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Sandle

Do you know how long it takes to get ready for one of these things ... the styling, the hair, the make up ... and I'm not talking about whilst on the shoot (that's a whole other blog ... trust me) ... I'm talking about before we have even left the house.

The Serious Consequences of Portraying Teenagers in a Negative Light

Jess Terry | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Terry

It's no secret that teenagers are moody, tired and sometimes not great company. With all the hormone changes they're going through it's no surprise that their personality and energy levels change too...

Self-Harm Awareness Day: Why Is My Child Hurting Himself?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents

Of all the difficult conversations parents have to broach with their children - talking about self-harm is a topic many struggle to approach. But w...

Anorexia: The Security of Silence and How it Helped My Recovery

Niamh Carpenter | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh Carpenter

So here I am, joining the ranks and sharing my experience, now that I am able to, to hopefully make one more small step in the right direction. But that's just it: a small step. We need to end the stigma, but for people in recovery, stigma might just be the tip of the iceberg.

I'm Proud I Helped My Friend Recover From Anorexia, But I Wish I Didn't Have To

Amber van Dam | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amber van Dam

This feeling of thinking you have made a difference is something special and indescribable and I therefore encourage everyone reading this to fight every injustice and try and make a difference because we all have the power to do so. I know it sounds cheesy but if you really want to change something big you can if you just try.

Criminal Children: Could Your Teenager Be a Hacker?

David Emm | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Tech
David Emm

There are some signs parents can look for to assess whether their children are getting involved in dangerous activities online - here are some questions to consider...

Porn Again, Kids....

Chloe Combi | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Chloe Combi

In terms of pornography, the internet is like giving kids the keys to a gigantic sex sweet shop and then asking them not to look or partake. And this becomes even more hypocritical when you consider it was us, via newspapers, magazines, music, mainstream films and TV that gave kids their very first sugar rush.

Let's Bring Radical Change to Children and Young People's Mental Health

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Cynthia Joyce

We simply don't know enough about the big questions in young people's mental health. Like, what can parent or schools do to help young people in crisis? What are the most effective ways to help? What are the factors causing mental health conditions in young people? And importantly, can we prevent these issues from happening?

Teen With Scoliosis Grows 10cm Overnight After Spine Is Straightened

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: article contains graphic photos of a medical nature We're used to seeing teenagers go through growth spurts, but nothing quite compares to...

Love Don't Feel Bad - And Young People Need to Know It

Polly Neate | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

We must counteract the bewildering messages about sex and relationships and the objectification of women that our children are mercilessly bombarded with. The Government must take this on board, and Women's Aid will keep the pressure up on them to do so, alongside other organisations.