UK Teenagers

How 'The Hunger Games' Is Challenging Gender Stereotypes - by Empowering Boys

Laura M. Bell | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura M. Bell

The Hunger Games made it acceptable for boys to embrace a female perspective. In doing so it opened the floodgates to dystopians with female main characters and a broader readership base. As an aspiring YA author, I'm proud this is where the trend is gaining momentum. The new generation is showing us they can look past the gender roles we are trying to force upon them.

The Teenage Guide to Instagram

Suzanne Whitton | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Tech
Suzanne Whitton

My youngest (and newly teenage) daughter, has recently developed a love affair with Instagram. Please don't judge my parenting skills, I fought diligently against any flirtation with social media until the required age, but as soon as she reached the magic '12', she was on it. As predicted, she's not been off it since.

Ryan Adams: Gifted With Something Gold

Aaron Vallely | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Aaron Vallely

This album opens with the single, "Gimme Something Good". The video for which features sex-symbol and actress, or 'scream queen', Elvira.

Parents Need to Become Better 'Road Models'

Jo Whiley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Whiley

Everyone picks up bad habits in life as well as driving, it's inevitable, but when you have children it's important to make sure you're not making glaring mistakes on a regular basis. I suppose that what many people need to realise is that if for instance your child grows up watching you on your phone in the car then they'll believe that it is safe behaviour.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Your Knickers in a Knot About Underage Sex

Suzi Godson | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Trouble is, one third of the population have already had sex before they reach the age of 16. Results from the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL 2013) show that 31% of men and 29% of women had their first sexual experience before the age of 16.

Why We All Need to Stop Talking About Zoella

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Excuse my ignorance but last month I hadn't even heard of Zoella, but now I can't even listen to Radio One without hearing a jingle in her honour - the extent to which this beauty blogger is being hailed as a feminine hero is seriously insane.

Overprotective Parents Are Becoming More Common in Today's World, Is It Right?

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

I have grown up with both my parents and still live with them today, I have always been allowed to go out with friends and even trips up London without my parents for almost 5 years, but why is it that so many parents are so protective over their children. Is it because they're worried that their child may get kidnapped? Murdered?

Jimmy Fallon And Will.i.am Mercilessly Parody Teenage Girls In The New Music Video 'Ew!'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Jimmy Fallon fans will know that one of his regular sketches is a faux TeenNick programme called 'Ew!' - in which Fallon and a guest pretend to be tee...

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

Dad Teaches Valuable Dishwasher Life Lesson

Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

How many times have you loaded the dishwasher at home? Haven't a clue? Ok. What about: How many times have you been told to put your dirty plates ...

Is Society Beyond Reparable? Or Is It Just a Myth

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Gang violence, street vandalism and judgemental teenagers. What's next? The list is endless, trust me. As a teen, I have witnessed bullying, self-harm and drug abuse from just people around me. Today's society is falling apart and our generation must get into gear before it is too late.

The Top 10 at 25

The Mac Twins | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Our mid twenties without Google search would be a shameful series of questions to family members starting with 'I know I should know this but...' whilst gazing wearily down at our Young person railcards. Much like the deteriorative hangover, the road to 30 creeps up without warning or fan fare..

National Citizen Service - 100,000 Young Participants and Counting

Brooks Newmark | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brooks Newmark

National Citizen Service helps young people to feel that they can, and should affect positive change in their local communities. As the scheme marked the 100,000th participant this summer since 2011, I'm looking forward to welcoming the 200,000th in an even shorter time.

Generation X-tra Clean

Liz Fraser | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Good news; today's teenagers are less likely to drink, smoke and take drugs than their predecessors, according to statistics from the Department of Health this week. This, it would seem, makes them the most sensible, healthy and fresh-smelling generation for a decade.

How to Help a Depressed Teenager

Alexandra Massey | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Let's not get into the 'whys' in this article. Because whatever it was that made your teenager depressed, the journey down takes us all to the same place: a feeling of utter worthlessness combined with a black cloud that wants nothing except to make your day as long and as miserable as possible.

The Emerging Cult of Celebrity Authors Moving in on the Industry

Alix Long | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

Recently, there has been an explosion of A-List celebrities and YouTube megastars gaining their own book deals, with the likes of publishing giants such as Penguin. From teen idols Kendall and Kylie Jenner to online sensation Zoe Sugg, announcements seem to be springing up from everywhere about a new piece of fiction, written by your favourite pop star.

Radical Change Is Needed to Fix Our Education System - This Could Be It

Zion Lights | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

This is something we can all learn from, as adults who are members of a broken political system which will be inherited by young people who are in a broken schooling system. We must fix one to fix the other, and major change is required to break the vicious cycle.

Mindfulness: Bringing the Teenage Brain On-board

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

An hour teaching teenagers who don't want to be there something they don't want to learn is never pleasant... A few things tend to raise their curiosity: that they can physically change their brain; that mindfulness is used by top sportsmen and musicians; that it might help with their exams or, at the very least, help them worry less about their exams.

Why YA Is for Everyone

Gayle Forman | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gayle Forman

What I will sometimes do is explain that a lot of the work that is being published as YA now would've been published as coming-of-age adult literature twenty years ago, when the YA category didn't really exist as it does now. If J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye were published today, it would be solidly YA. That seems to make them feel better.

If God Doesn't Destroy Magaluf He Owes Sodom and Gomorrah an Apology!

Rob Blakeman | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Why do people choose to do the things they do as a collective? There must be a reason. Why is morality a lost priority amongst the masses these days? Perhaps the bigger question is why our institutions and religions are crumbling?

Why Teenagers Might Want To Re-Think Sending That Sexual Selfie

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

Police have "grave concerns" that teenagers who "sext" sexual selfies to partners could face criminal records, after a schoolgirl received a police ca...

Stop Blaming Anti-Feminist Young Women For Feminism's Marketing Problems

Alyx Gorman | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alyx Gorman

Teenage girls across the world are publicly rejecting feminism. Now, excuse me one moment while I get inside my bomb shelter, but I can kind of see their point...

Our Youth Hate Themselves

Anna Moody | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I see trouble ahead...don't you? Our children are heading into the abyss of low self-esteem and self-loathing at a startling rate. Let's assess the recent incident in Magaluf. One young woman and 23 young men involved in a sexual act in public. I have read various viewpoints in the newspapers.

Will 'Saffy' Teens be Absolutely Fabulous for Society?

William Higham | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

In my last article, I identified a new young generation, the SAFFYs: Serious, Active, Forward-Facing Youth. They're very different to the "typical teen" parodied by Kevin the Teenager. Less frivolous, hedonistic, lazy and 'devil may care'. More anxious and responsible about the future, and more respectful of the past.

It Turns Out Teenagers Today Really Aren't So Bad

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

Today's teenagers are the most ambitious in a century, but also the most concerned that the current economic crisis will stymie hopes of achieving the...