UK Teens

The Quarter Life Crisis: Taking Life One Day at a Time

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daphne Ashley Sze

The thing is, we don't have to be who others want us to be. We don't need others to tell us what to do, because hell no, our lives are not theirs to control. We're critical individuals who know what we want, maybe not now, but we'll find a way.

Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge Set to Introduce Key Brussels Conference on Children Rough Sleepers at EU Parliament

Nick Fouche | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

Besides their enhanced chances of subjection to violence or of being embroiled in crime either as victims or perpetrators, teens sleeping today in our cities' parks, upon shop doorsteps or 'sofa surfing' between friends and acquaintances often live in real peril of various forms of abuse by adults or older minors who observe their movements over time only to then take advantage of their powerlessness.

The Truth About Growing Up

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daphne Ashley Sze

Nobody said it was easy. We're all shoved into a momentary oblivion with clouded judgment and unclear future. We're forced to choose between two things we can't let go of, and punished to cry in silence and accept defeat. But really, most of the time, we are almost always forced to grow up.

Marcus Sedgwick's 'Non-Tip' Tips for Young Writers

Alix Long | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is widely renowned throughout the literary world for his enthralling characters, spiralling plot twists and adventurous ideas he incorporates within every single one of his novels.

Why the UK Is Finally Taking Low Confidence Seriously

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Last Thursday evening the unbelievable happened. An awards ceremony took place in the House of Commons for body confidence. No need for a red carpet or pomp and circumstance. No male politicians driving agendas to win elections. Just a group of individuals of all shapes and sizes, fighting for the right for us all 'to be ourselves'...

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.

Naked as the Day One Was Porn

Ash Halliburton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ash Halliburton

Yet, all these generations had something in common, a porn magazine was shared amongst friends, it was fun, exciting, nerve racking. Now accessibility is so extensive it's become the norm, and girls expect it, as they feel it is the norm too.

The Cleverest Kids in the World

Amanda Prowse | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Urgh - so it was exam results day yesterday and no doubt some proud parents were sighing with relief as their offspring brandished the piece of paper showing a clutch of A*, but not me.

Five Ways to Encourage Your Child's Innate Entrepreneurial Skills

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

If you are the parent of a toddler or teen, the chances are you find yourself in a negotiating situation on a very regular basis. Children at this sta...

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.

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.

No Morning Lessons For Tired Teens Will Help Them Learn, Private School Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

A private school is to start lessons for sixth formers at 1.30pm because teenagers "have a biological disposition to going to bed late and struggling ...

Hollow Legs

Ash Halliburton | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ash Halliburton

When I was 15 I was scouted by Storm model agency. I didn't quit understand. I was trying to force my friend into a 'shout' magazine modelling competition, a random guy with a belly and a clip board told me to enter. I couldn't even smile then as my mouth wasn't wide enough to embrace my braces, you could say; I would have difficulty however. I was absolutely terrified.

‎Self-Esteem Is a Hot Topic - But What Actually Is It? And why is it so important now?

BritChick Paris | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It is as a teenager that we face the greatest test of self-esteem. We become aware of how we look, how others see us and worst of all we become aware of a world that judges us. From every angle teens are told to be prettier, sexier, skinnier, to wax, to colour and to fake it. Very few talk about anything other than they we look.

Six Trends Shaping the Evolution of Virtual Worlds for Kids

Tamara Littleton | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Tech
Tamara Littleton

It's a world away from the early 2000s when children had to spend hours bargaining with their parents over the time they spent on the family computer, immersed in virtual worlds on a big screen. Children still play in these worlds - look at the popularity of Moshi Monsters - but the rise of mobile gaming has, in many cases, changed the way they do it.

Dreaming of Not Being Average

Nick Abbot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Abbot

Can you imagine the pent up tsunami of disappointment that awaits the young when they grow up and discover that Simon Cowell will not be rescuing them from their drab and pedestrian existences and catapulting them to riches and stardom? Just think how upset they will be when they find out that Jay Z and Rihanna will never be returning their calls.

Bite Size Memories

Lana Citron | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

The Bear bites. He was teething and nipped; lips, cheeks, necks, collar bone and fingers. Word quickly spread of his clenching jaws. Our Bear was a nipper. Few could believe such an angelic boy, a font of joy would do such a thing.

Bieber Fans and the Taliban

Gareth Milner | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gareth Milner

Bieber's fan base can easily be compared to a religious extremist group. They seem to want to take over the world and convert anyone in their path. The worst bit about them is not the sheer disgraceful manner that many (but admittedly not all) behave in when someone disagrees with them.

The Week That Was: Teen Dream

Carla Buzasi | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

We've all got to start somewhere, and if Coding for Dummies is where Summly app creator Nick D'Aloisio learnt the basics, I'd suggest Michael Gove gets it on the curriculum quick-smart. Erase that, I'd get Nick himself on the curriculum. With a triple-dip recession on the horizon, Kim Kardashian the woman most little girls want to grow up to be and recent graduates still struggling to find full-time employment, shining the spotlight on the country's brightest start-ups and entrepreneurs seems such an obvious idea. Even the current government might chance upon it.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Threesomes and Love SpunOut

Paddy Duffy | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

Last weekend, Ireland was consumed by something terrible, something dark, something that could tear the fabric of Irish society apart as we know it. Yes, Ireland has been struck dumb by the menace of threesomes.

How What I Caught My Teen Doing Changed My Life (And How It Could Change Yours Too)

Sandi Mann | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

It dawned on me that Elisha's Things To Appreciate List is actually the path to contentment for us all. Taking the time to enjoy the small stuff, to notice and relish even the most basic of what we have and to fully savour the special times is surely the route to happiness.

Twenty-four Thousand Children and Young People Declare Their Rights and Responsibilities for Safer Internet Day

Will Gardner | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Gardner

In order to deliver a safer internet in the future, we must take a holistic approach to internet safety across industry, educators, families and young people.

The Future

Alix Long | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I guess it's a bad thing that in today's society 'The Future' is not seen as something positive or aspiring, but instead something you have to prepare for with a trillion exams and work experience.

Syria: Teens Living in the Conflict Zone

Penny Sims | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK
Penny Sims

Caught at a stage in their lives when they should be concentrating on their studies and having fun with their friends, many Syrian teenagers are now in a position where they have to take on serious responsibilities, yet lack the autonomy of adulthood.