UK Teenagers

'I Have Four Friends In Real Life But 4,000 Online' - Craving Instant Gratification

Richard Pursey | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Tech
Richard Pursey

So, perhaps, if you know what you're doing, having 4000 friends online may not be so bad after all - and if you're lucky, some of them may even be old English sheep dogs!

17 Ridiculous Arguments You'll Find Yourself Having With Your Teenager

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents

Teenagers can be lovely company. They can also be seriously annoying, especially if you’re a parent who just wants the best for them. While it’s g...

Mum Considers Invoicing Parents Of Kids Who Decide Not To Come To Daughter's Party

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has asked parents whether they think she is being unreasonable to send a stern note to families of kids who cancelled on her daughter’s birthd...

Gangs, Rape, Violence: The Girls We're Letting Down

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Suzanne Virdee

I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.

Teenage Years Are Tough Enough Even If You're Not A Child In Care

Javed Khan | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We need people from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds to come forward. Our foster carers are of various ages. You can be single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual. It doesn't matter. We believe you can be a foster carer and so should you.

Kerry Katona Shares Screenshot Of Text Message 16-Year-Old Molly Sent On Her Birthday

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents

Kerry Katona shared a screenshot of a moving text message her 16-year-old daughter sent on her birthday. The mum-of-five said she was “in bits” af...

Third Of Teenage Girls Fear Being Followed, With Catcalling Starting While In School Uniform

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Teenage girls are living in fear of being followed by a stranger, with many experiencing intimidating catcalling by men while wearing their school uni...

Teenagers' Fears About Crime Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

Matthew Reed | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Matthew Reed

We're all affected by our surroundings and feeling safe is an important part of wellbeing. From our research it's clear that these fears about crime are affecting children's wellbeing, and that means that action must be taken to address them.

A Message For Teenagers Getting Their Results

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

If you haven't done as well as you'd have liked, then still pat yourself on the back for your effort. If you know in your heart that you did your best, then know that that's all you can do in life. Other people's opinions of your grades and effort are none of your business, especially if they make you doubt your worth.

Get A Life, Not A University Place

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lyndsey Stoner

Maybe it's just me, but... I need to talk about results day. Tomorrow, hoards of rabbit-in-the-headlights teens will be opening envelopes up and d...

16 Signs Your Child Is Becoming A Teenager

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents

Becoming the parent of a teenager can make you feel crushed, furious, tearful, redundant, nostalgic and fiercely proud. And that’s just in one meal ...

Mum Thanks Teen For Taking 3-Year-Old Brother To School After Family Emergency

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has openly thanked her teenage daughter for taking her three-year-old brother to class with her after a family emergency prevented her from pick...

Jamie Oliver Rates Himself A 6/10 Dad To Teenagers: 'I Don't Think I'm Very Good'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Parents

Jamie Oliver would give himself a rating of six out of 10 for his performance as a dad to teenagers, admitting he doesn’t think he’s very good. Th...

How To Cuddle Your Teens (And Grown-Up Children)

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

I notice this is an oddity, even in Western cultures, to be always touching and hugging one's teenage child. Those who spout attachment parenting in early years are surprisingly non-tactile to their teens.  My psychologist friend tells me that there is this belief that the teenage years is about "individuating" a child, that is to say, force them to become self-sufficient.

Teen's Hair Transformation Shows The Physical Impact Depression Can Have

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A hairdresser has shared before and after photos of her client’s hair with a poignant message about mental health. Kayley Olsson, from Waterloo, Iow...

Coping With Panic Attacks - A Modern Day Epidemic

Joanne Gray | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Gray

I am not an expert, I only have my own experience as a sufferer some years ago and my treatment to draw upon but that has been enough for me to encourage others not to dismiss panic attacks as a "passing phase".

How Parents Can Calm Anxious Children And Teens Ahead Of Receiving Exam Results

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents

Once the stress of exams is over for children and teenagers, then begins the long wait for results, which can be an extremely anxious time. Whether t...

This Mum Has A Genius Trick To Find Out If Her Daughter Is Lying About Where She Is

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents

If you ever worry that your teenage kids aren’t exactly being honest about their whereabouts, you could try this mum’s trick. Heather Steinkopf, f...

Snapchat Maps Set A Sullen Scene For Kids' Online Safety This Summer

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

With a wealth of gadgets available today, from tablets to games consoles to mobile phones, children are infinitely more tech-savvy than in years gone by - the average 13 year old has a far better grasp of the internet than most 40-somethings I know.

Why Teenagers Feel Embarrassed To Use Their Inhalers

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Andy Whittamore

Image: author's own A recent study by the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research found that teenagers with asthma are embarrassed to use their inhaler...

Eight Skills Every 18-Year-Old Needs To Become A Productive Adult

Quora | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents

An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers -- faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics--in the real world.

Friends Encourage Teen With Spinal Scar Not To Fear Wearing A Backless Dress To Prom

SWNS | Susan Devaney | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Style

A teenager who underwent a major operation to straighten her spine opted for a backless dress to display her scar with pride at her high school prom. ...

Are Teens Tech-Savvy But Security-Poor?

Vince Warrington | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Teenagers might have all the latest apps and a better understanding of the online world in general than many adults, but the fact remains that they are not good at protecting their data, whether by failing to back up their important files and photos or through over-sharing of personal information

This Teen Came Out To Her 'Homophobic Family' On Instagram And People Are Loving It

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 17-year-old has gained fans around the world after coming out to her family on Instagram. Ellisa, who says some members of her family hold homophobi...

Teen Issues Perfect Response After Classmate Calls Plus-Size Models 'Disgusting'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Anna Sweetland’s classmate called plus-size models “disgusting”, the 16-year-old saw it as an opportunity to teach him (and others) a lesso...