We’re not all bad

During National Youth Week 2012, we asked teenagers to tell us parents something we need to know. This is what Resi, 14, wrote for us. It’s almost insulting how little you trust my friends and I. You say it’s because it’s just to protect me but if protecting me means not letting me go to.. Read more

Mind your kid’s business

In Sydney last night, the police picked up 13 teenagers who were drunk or affected by drugs. The stories in today’s press have an air of ‘parents not caring about their kids’ about them. Nine boys and four girls were picked up, aged around 14 or 15. Phoned by police, one boy’s carer said he.. Read more

Energy drink ‘overdose’ on the rise

Reports of caffeine poisoning from ‘energy drink’ consumption are increasing in Australia, particularly among adolescents. A new study is calling for greater regulation of the labelling and sale of energy drinks, and for teenagers to be better educated about their hazards. Telephone calls to an Australian poisons information centre about energy drinks ‘overdose’ increased from.. Read more

Why teens use drugs, how to talk to them about it

“All my friends were doing it so I thought, why not?” Have you heard that one yet? Here are some of the reasons young people give for using drugs, and some ideas about how you can respond to them in a constructive way. If you think your kid might be lukewarm about sitting down and.. Read more

Social environments influence teen drinking

Characteristics present in the four social environments in which young people live—families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods—contribute both positively and negatively to whether teens misuse alcohol, with risk from one area possibly being magnified or decreased by attributes of another. That’s the finding of a longitudinal study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina.. Read more

Teen girls more vulnerable to negative effects of binge drinking

A study examining gender-specific influences of binge drinking on spatial working memory (SWM) has found that female teens may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of heavy alcohol use. Binge or ‘heavy episodic’ drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol’s effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use.. Read more

10 tips for talking to your teenager about drugs

Talking to teenagers about drugs can be very daunting for parents. The Australian Federal Government’s National Drugs Campaign recommends you start talking to your teenagers about drugs early, and be willing to talk to them about the issue at any time. If you don’t think you know enough about the topic, the National Drugs Campaign.. Read more

Music Festivals for Under 18s

If your teenager wants to go to the Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Groovin’ the Moo or one of Australia’s other major outdoor music festivals, don’t let them leave home before reading our guide to music festivals for under 18s. Actually, don’t let them buy tickets! Not all outdoor music festivals are open.. Read more