UK Teens

Tackle And Scrum Should Be Banned From School Rugby, Researchers Argue In The BMJ

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Parents

Tackle and other forms of “harmful contact” in rugby should be banned from school PE lessons, claim researchers writing in the British Medical Jou...

My Son Was Expelled From School In His GCSE Year

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

Isobel’s 15-year-old son was not allowed to return to school. Here, the mum-of-three describes her shock at his expulsion. “We were called into a...

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...

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.

Teen Who Battled 27th Round Of Chemo While Sitting GCSEs Celebrates 'Incredible' Results

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A teenage girl who battled her 27th round of chemotherapy while sitting her GCSE exams has celebrated a string of top grades. Kelly Turner, who has b...

Social Media - The Luddite's Perspective

Laura Morrissey | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Tech
Laura Morrissey

We talk more than ever, but rarely to the person we are with. Surely this must eventually affect our ability to connect in real time? Our brains were never designed to flit from one image to another. We are unable to be bored, constantly seeking entertainment, every free nano second filled with social media.

Schools Unearthing Abusive Behaviour Have Nowhere To Turn For Help, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics

Teachers who identify abusive behaviour among their pupils have nowhere to turn for proper support, despite government plans to ramp up relationships ...

Judge Warns Of 'Blood On Our Hands' As Suicidal Teen Lays Bare UK's Mental Health Crisis

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK

Pressure is mounting on Jeremy Hunt to address the lack of mental health care for children, after a judge warned “we will have blood on our hands”...

The Challenges Of Raising Teens In The Age Of Connectivity

James Jorner | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents
James Jorner

These are the realities that the young ones face day after day. But parents also encounter a new set of challenges brought about by the age of connectivity. The latter grew up when uninvolved parenting was the norm. This experience had led to the rise of helicopter mums and dads, a parenting style that has gained a lot of flak off- and online.

'Traditional' Bullying Still Far Outstrips Online Abuse Among Teens, Experts Claim

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

“Traditional” bullying like name-calling and exclusion still far outstrips cyber-bullying among teens - despite the huge popularity of social medi...

Teen Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder After Boy Dies From 'Allergic Reaction'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a “kind and gentle” 13-year-old died from a “severe allergic reaction”. L...

School Forced To Apologise After Pupils Asked To Pen Suicide Notes In English Class

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A London secondary school has been forced to apologise after pupils were told to write suicide notes as part of an English lesson. Year 8 students at...

Dad's Secret Mission Before Daughter's First Leg Wax Will Melt Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It’s official: we’ve unearthed the world’s loveliest dad. Reddit user carlinha1289 said her mum was never much of a ‘let’s do things togethe...

A Taste Of Travel For Teens

Sonja Lewis | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

In one holiday, I became responsible beyond home, trustworthy, and gained a lot of credibility with Mama and ultimately my parents, too. This new status would serve me well later when I wanted to go out on dates, away for college, even move to New York.

The 5 Election Candidates Bidding To Become The Next Mhairi Black

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

When Mhairi Black was elected as an MP in 2015, she made history. But it was not just because of her shock win over big beast and shadow foreign secr...

How To Get More White Working Class Boys Into University

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics

When she became Prime Minister in July 2016, Theresa May stood on the steps of No.10 Downing Street and set out her own personal mission for changing ...

Parents' Guide To The General Election: What All The Manifestos Say About Children

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents

With the general election looming on Thursday 8 June we’ve been bombarded with political information over the last few weeks. It can be hard to make...

Why One Mum Wants You To See This Harrowing Photo Of Her Son On Life Support

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A mum has shared a harrowing photo of her son in intensive care to warn young people about the dangers of buying prescription drugs from street dealer...

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.

More And More Teens Calling Suicide Prevention Helpline Over 'Serious' Exam Stress

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

“Serious” exam stress has led to a surge in young people calling a suicide prevention helpline, charity bosses have said. Children as young as 12...

Why Telling Family Stories To Our Kids Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents

Everyone has a story - and kids love hearing these family tales. Funny mishaps when they were younger (they love being the star character), how their ...

It's Time To Squeeze The Zit That Is Mental Health

Katie Grace | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

I had previously decided to wait until I had finished my degree (three more glorious days) and submitted my final assignment before throwing myself back into blogging. However, my Twitter timeline notified me on Monday that it was Mental Health Awareness Week, triggering an internal battle within my DBD (death by dissertation) brain.

Corbyn Warns New GCSEs Will Leave Pupils Feeling 'Devalued'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has warned that tough new GCSE exams introduced by the Tories will make pupils feel “devalued” and put them off education “for the...

13 Things The Next Government Needs To Do To Improve Children's Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents

The mental health of children in the UK is in crisis: 90% of school leaders have seen an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety and s...

The Surprising Ways We Can Bolster Our Kids' Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents

Our children can feel overwhelmed by the pressure to perform, excel, keep up, whether that’s striving for an A* in every test and exam or responding...