Ask an Expert – Is there such a thing as healthy pornography in a teenager’s life?

My 16-year-old daughter likes pornography, and does not see it as a necessarily harmful thing. I talk with her about the things that I don’t like about it – when it is degrading to women, when it is violent, that it desensitises people to real emotions and sexual enjoyment. She is aware of these things,.. Read more

Ask an Expert – What can my teen say when she is offered drugs or alcohol?

My 15-year-old daughter has started socialising with teens who are drinking and smoking weed. She admits to sipping on beer at parties and says she’s feeling the pressure to smoke just to fit in. I want to know what she can say when offered drugs and alcohol. She says when she says no, she feels very.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Are teens addicted to gaming more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs?

Are teenagers who become addicted to gaming more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs? This is a difficult question to answer as research on the impacts of gaming is in its infancy and few conclusions about how ‘addictive’ gaming actually is have been drawn. The range of different games available for people to.. Read more

Ask an Expert: How positive do you feel about this generation of students?

How positive do you feel about the abilities and personalities of the current generation of students? The capabilities and creativity of young people constantly amazes me but doesn’t surprise me. From the one year olds who learn how to swipe and engage with apps on an iPad to the students who are creating purposeful projects.. Read more

Ask an Expert: My daughter eats nothing all day

I’m worried about my daughter’s eating habits. She has been eating nothing from waking up to getting home from school, when she will stuff herself and then not eat dinner, or – if I am around to manage it – eat a bit of afternoon tea and then at least two serves of dinner. Is.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Is synthetic marijuana really bad for you?

If synthetic marijuana is bad for you, how come I can buy it at the tobacconist?  So called ‘synthetic cannabis’ (or ‘synthetic marijuana’) has been available for some time now and started to hit the headlines a couple of years ago. It was produced by companies who saw that there was a market for a.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Is my teen addicted to gaming?

I need advice on gaming addiction. My 15-year-old son is a little too involved in gaming and of late has become withdrawn. Help. Gaming has become an integral part of teen socialisation. They connect with their friends and engage in gaming as an extension of already formed friendships at school or elsewhere. Games are fun.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Should you have condoms in your house for your teens?

Should you have condoms available in your home for teens to access? Having a very honest and open discussion with your teenager about sex and protection is crucial, the earlier the better. Parents should not wait until their child asks but bring up the topic before they are old enough to have sex. To remain.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Teen feels like failure next to high-achieving friends

As a parent I have often despaired that I have sent my daughter to a school which appears to value academic achievement above all else. How do I support a child who, although bright, constantly feels like a failure because she doesn’t rate herself as highly as the kids who are lauded for getting As?.. Read more

Ask an Expert – Distant, disrespectful 14 yo daughter

I am in a relationship with a man who has three children and we have had two ourselves – we have been together for 10 years. Our concern at the moment is his 14-year-old daughter. She is becoming more and more distant from her father (and our two children) but of more concern is the.. Read more