UK Teens

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

BritChick Paris | Posted 25.02.2014 | 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.

I Thought I Was the Only One - The Only One in the World

Carlene Firmin | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Carlene Firmin

It is important that professionals, parents, carers, and society at large take this report as a wake-up call. We all must be alert to the signs and take action to protect children. There are too many cases where children have tried to tell and have not been heard.

'Eco-doom': Silently Trending on Teens Virtual Networks

Inma Martinez | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Tech
Inma Martinez

If you thought that your children were clubbing with Penguins or feeding livestock on a digital farm oblivious to the threat of ecological disasters, smell the coffee that organisations running such networks have uncovered.

The Mother (in-Law) of All Weeks

Lana Citron | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

After the fast living, rock star adrenaline pumped existence of nonstop touring, partying and god knows what else, the Glam Rocker announced it would take a while to settle back into civvy life. To hasten the process, within two hours of his arrival, jet-lagged and plane-weary, I dragged him straight to the antenatal unit for our 20-week scan.

The #YOLO State of Mind: How This Four-Letter Acronym Can Make You or Break You!

Steven Bartlett | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK
Steven Bartlett

Every now and then, a bit of slang comes along that draws a line between young and old, in 2012, that slang term was "YOLO". For those of you who don't know; the term YOLO was popularised by US rapper Drake and it stands for "You Only Live Once".

TV Was Made for Made In Chelsea!

Daisy Buchanan | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Daisy Buchanan

If you're looking for adolescent role models, SW3 is a pretty good place to start your search. Admittedly, it's that bit easier to get a job at a hedge fund when your Dad is or knows a hedge fund manager - but the cast are all career minded.

Talk to Your Kids Before It's Too Late - One Child Runs Away From Home Every Five Minutes in the UK

Andy McCullough | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Andy McCullough

The stats show that almost as many children run away from areas of high and low prosperity. It's boys as well as girls. And the most common age is 13-15-year-olds, though we've seen instances of far younger kids too.

‘Sexting' Nude Pictures Carried Out By Nearly 30% Of Teens

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK

Nearly 30 per cent of teenagers send nude pictures of themselves by text or email, according to a new study. What’s more, according to the resear...

In a World Where Anything Goes

Pippa Smith | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Pippa Smith

Do we really live in a world where anything goes? According to the BBC's Cherry Healey, we do. In a recent programme, 'How to Get a Life' on BBC One, she repeated this statement more than once.

Why PE for Girls is an Issue Worth Sweating Over

Lauren Bravo | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Bravo

I'm not suggesting we offer girls different PE. I don't believe our feeble muscles and cosmetic commitments require daintier pursuits, like needlepoint or medium-impact gossiping. No. We should offer ALL kids different PE, if they want it.

Hunger Games, Parties, and a Bunch of Foreign Exchange Students

Maia Orme | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Maia Orme

The last few months have been tough. Exams are finally making an appearance, Prom is actually coming together, and a trio of Dutch exchange students have just joined my school, and oh my goodness, they are adorable.

Children Going on Diets: What's Really Causing This?

Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan

Yes, it is terrible that children are developing concerns about body image at younger and younger ages, but it's only because their parents are so riven by these concerns too. You can't ringfence children off from this while these pressures run rampant through the rest of society. If you are to stop children being affected, you must do something for adults too.

Interactive Web Series Calls for Your Content

Jonathan Heath | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

This recent development for Facebook is one of many that is turning the website into a real player in the entertainment world. The site recently began a movie rentals service and the latest deal with Spotify could turn Facebook into the online platform for streaming music.

Why You Often Need to Go on Holiday After a Holiday

BritChick Paris | Posted 06.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

As a child, holidays were effortless. I remember waking up in a little Greek B&B, the sun streaming through the shutters. Running outside to see the blue sky hanging over the calmest sea.