UK Teenagers

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...

This Teen Had The Best Response When A Guy Asked Her For Nude Pictures

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager has given us all a lesson in how to respond when a guy keeps asking for nude pictures. Jacquie Ross, 16, was texting her friend Michael abo...

Five Tips On How To Talk To Your Daughter About Her Period

Claire Blackmore | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Blackmore

A study of 1,000 British women run by ActionAid showed that 54% of girls and women aged between 16-24 shy away from discussing their period entirely. Not only this, but 65% of women from a study ran by Eve Appeal say they even avoid saying the word 'vagina' entirely, and instead refer to phrases such as 'down there' - it's only a word after all, right?

My Teenage Diary: A 20th Anniversary Tribute

Lucy Jones | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Jones

My name is Lucy. I live in London and I'm a Mum of Two. It's 20 years since my 16th birthday and to mark the occasion I have decided to blog a year o...

This Teen Cancer Patient Wanted To Meet Beyoncé, So Her Friends Made It Happen

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Ebony Banks was diagnosed with stage four cancer the teen said she had one wish: to meet Beyoncé. And thanks to her friends embarking on a soci...

How To Help Your Children Ace The New GCSEs

Eddy Chan | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Eddy Chan

Exams seem to be emerging as a new battleground not only for children, but schools, government and now seem to be responsible for dragging parents into a new fear spiral. It's a very different world from when we were kids.

How To Tackle Your Revision Timetable

Susanna Pinkus | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Susanna Pinkus

Yes, the countdown to exams has truly begun. With the promise of the Easter break hovering on the horizon, you may be feeling quite relaxed knowing you will soon have dedicated time to study; or you may have underlying concerns about how you are going to fit in all that needs to be done before the big event.

The Things Teenagers Worry About

Joanne Gray | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

Worrying is a universal currency that spans generations, but the world of teenage worry is relatively self-contained and probably no different to the one I inhabited as a teenager more than 30 years ago.

An Open Letter To Teenagers About To Sit Exams

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

I felt inspired to write to you because I've seen lots of teenagers just like you who are getting stressed and anxious about sitting exams.

Why It's Vital Parents Know The Pressures Mentally Affecting Young Girls (And How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents

At age 14, Naomi was feeling pressure from all sides of her life. At school, she had pressure around exams, getting her grades and starting to plan he...

Everyone Is In Love With This Teen's Creative 'Prom Proposal'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager has melted hearts around the world by running 5.5 miles (8.8K) to ask his cross-country teammate to be his prom date. Joran Fuller ran a ve...

If You Write A Play About A Muslim Woman People Assume It's About Syria Or Violence Against Women

Ambreen Razia | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ambreen Razia

all women everywhere So before telling stories about 'Jihadi brides' I wanted to present a raw tale of a girl simply searching for her own identity. A teenager who is seeking what every young person seeks at that age, love and affirmation.