What to ask parents who are hosting a party

Navigating the world of teenagers and parties is one of the more difficult tasks parents face. You may have different expectations and family rules to other parents, and what your teenager wants to do may be quite different to what you are comfortable with. Drug and alcohol educator Paul Dillon says all parents will face.. Read more

Are our kids the ‘me me me generation’?

By Katherine Hynes. A new film depicts young people as obsessed with social media, and a recent Time magazine cover declared them the ‘Me Me Me Generation’. The Millennials are taking hits from all sides at the moment. Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring is based on the true story of a gang of.. Read more

Video games linked to dangerous driving in teens

Teenagers who play M-rated, risk-glorifying video games such as Grand Theft Auto III and Manhunt (banned in Australia) may be more likely to become reckless drivers who experience increased car accidents, police stops and willingness to drink and drive. This is the finding of new research published in the academic journal Psychology of Popular Media.. Read more

Lighting up the screen – how films influence teen smokers

By Rachel Hynes. I handed a bunch of DVDs to my teenager recently. They were classic 80s/90s films I thought she would enjoy – The Breakfast Club, Footloose, Reality Bites. I told her, “You’ll probably notice lots of smoking”. She came back to me later and said “No wonder you all smoked, it looks cool”. .. Read more

The Hunger Games: What you need to know

As we flagged in last week’s blog post, Katniss Everdeen no role model for teenage girls, The Hunger Games film is about to be released worldwide, and it’s going to be HUGE. Based on the 2008 young adult best-seller by Suzanne Collins, the film has broken box office records for first day ticket sales (before.. Read more

The media your teen consumes can change her life

Your teenage daughter is consuming more media through more channels than ever before. How is this information affecting her self image? 20 years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23% less. 3 out of 4 teenage girls feel depressed, guilty and shameful after spending 3 minutes.. Read more

Tales from (just outside) the moshpit

As the summer music festival scene gets underway around Australia, guest blogger Louise Griffiths recalls her Big Day Out as a teenager. In January 2001, I had just turned 17 and was going to the Big Day Out – the first time I had been to an outdoor music concert. I had my favourite yellow.. Read more

The link between alcohol and pop music

Teenagers are being heavily exposed to alcohol brand references in popular music, especially in rap, R&B and hip hop songs. With most references associating with positive consequences, researchers say this may constitute a form of alcohol advertising to underage teens. A study of 793 of the most popular songs in the youth market between 2005.. 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