UK Teenagers

Why YA Is for Everyone

Gayle Forman | Posted 01.09.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 16.07.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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...

Travels With a Teen Boy

Janey Jones | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

I don't usually take selfies in departure lounges - but it's different when travelling with a seventeen year old boy. It's sweet - he teaches me some stuff and I teach him other stuff. I was really surprised as we settled into our seats on board the aircraft, when he turned to me and said: "What shall we play?"

Pupils Failed Again Due to Lack of 'Mental Health' Understanding

Matt Clifton | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

What I want to question is though, why the government has just started wanting to help mental health in schools? They have had years to do so, even by providing teachers better training with Mental Health awareness and understanding or making Mental Health a compulsory unit in Science or ECM, yet they have failed to do anything until recently...

Is Teaching Mindfulness in School a Good Idea?

Maria Senise | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Anyone look back at your tween and teen years and reminisce about how incredibly awkward and uncomfortable you felt in your own skin? Anyone, in conjunction, also realize that those quirks you felt so odd about back then have actually made you the unique person you are today? Anyone think how sad it was that you wasted all that time and energy worrying about what others thought about you? Well...I sure as hell do.

Ten Point Strategy for Indie Authors

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

My writing straddles too many genres to be categorised. So I turned Indie. However, when my self-published, first novel made it to the Amazon bestseller list, I realised I had a niche: a group of readers around the world who liked what I wrote. They wanted to know what it meant to come of age in a complex environment like India.

Mindfulness in Schools

Anna Moody | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

Has anyone noticed that things are a bit 'off' in the world at the moment? How do we set about course correcting? Can anyone come up with a solution?

Parenting Teens: Should We Expect More From Them, or From Ourselves?

Catherine Zinger | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Zinger

I used to be THE perfect parent... before I had children of my own. My parenting skills were so beyond reproach that I could even tell other parents not only how to raise their kids, but explain to them exactly what they were doing wrong.

21st Century Britain: Are Men More Body Anxious Than Women?

Sam Thomas | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.

Is Your Teen a Saffy?

William Higham | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

Teenagers? We know what they're like, don't we. They're hedonistic and impetuous. They want their brands 'edgy' and their work easy. They kiss the future and shun the past. Sex, drugs and R&B.

The Most Amazing Parenting Tactic Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cassidy, you may not appreciate it now, but you have the smartest parents ever. Rather than grounding her for a fixed period of time - during whic...

Why Teenagers Are Supporting Ukip

Alix Long | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Alix Long

Now, I'm not one for politics. If anything, until I am able to vote, I will always hate election time. The reasons for this are numerous. For one, I h...

Jessica Elgot

Why Do Some Teens Troll Themselves Online?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

Hannah Smith was bombarded with vile messages telling her to kill herself. Posts on the website Ask.fm told her to drink bleach, that she was a slut, ...

Another Day, Another White Knuckle Ride For Mum

Janey Jones | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

When you live with three teenagers, you are always the first in bed. You are programmed to sit up trance-like at 2am, jump out of bed and do a check of bodies in beds - and, if bodies are missing, conduct the same check hourly thereafter. This was a shock - a return to broken nights from the exhausting days of Baby-has-a-cold.

Make Mental Health a Core Part of School Curriculum!

Matt Clifton | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Schools, you either love them or hate them, a little bit like Marmite I guess. Some say school years are the best years of your life, some even say school reminds them of their youth. But what do you think of when you reminisce about your youth? Do you see school as a good thing or do you feel let down by your school?

In Defense of Unpaid Internships

Isabel Maguire | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel Maguire

We hear the stories of many fellow comrades who have fallen foul to that 'vampiric' institution of unpaid internships which appears to sap the elixir of life from aspirational go-getters. These people have watched The Devil Wears Prada one time too many. There's a whole corner of the internet dedicated to sharing these exaggerated cosmopolitan horror stories.

Let's Have A War On 'Grunting Teenagers'

Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Schools should teach pupils to speak eloquently to help dispel the myth of the "grunting teenager", a former Labour government adviser has said. Be...

40 Things From Your Teenage Years All Students Will Relate To

The Huffington Post UK | Albertine Brandon | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The definitive list of 40 things from your teenage years every student will relate to: 1. One person bringing a bottle of vodka to the party and ev...

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Banning Phones Won't Beat the Bullies

Grant Feller | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

Last week my 15-year-old daughter told me she hated me. Absolutely screamingly, door-slammingly, never-come-in-my-room-again hated. 'You don't understand,' she said. 'This is my life and you're ruining it!' I hadn't stopped her from going to a party or from going within 10 feet of boys (tempting though that is). All I'd done was banned her from having her mobile phone in her room.