Don’t peak at high school

For kids who are bullied, high school can be seriously awful. No longer contained to the hours of 9 to 3, the attacks – or ostracism – can continue into the evening via social media. But as various, successful Australians – like Megan Washington – have proven, these difficult experiences can propel you to great.. Read more

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Mixed sex sleepovers

By Rachel Hynes. Just cleaning up after a birthday sleepover. My daughter had six friends stay over last night. They all bunked down in the loungeroom, eating pizza and watching DVDs. Till 3 in the morning. Two of the kids who stayed over were boys. This scenario was one I’d ruled out a year ago… Read more

Parents’ Guide to Tumblr

Is your teen on Tumblr? Teenage Tumblr sites are a form of online expression. Our kids are posting images of bands, models and celebrities, pop culture references, quirky or funny images to create a virtual scrapbook that says a lot about who they are. Although Tumblr is a blogging platform, our observation is that teens.. Read more

Blogging good for anxious teens

Teens suffering from social anxiety may find that blogging improves their self-esteem and helps them relate better to friends. We know that writing a personal diary and other forms of expressive writing are a great way to release emotional distress and feel better. But new research published by the American Psychological Association claims that writing.. Read more

Arguments at school may cause arguments at home

The next time you and your teen have an argument on a school night, take the opportunity to check-in on what’s happened for your child during the school day. Chances are they’ve already had a war of words with friends before arriving home. A new study has found that that adolescents have more arguments with.. Read more

Australian teens pressured to ‘sext’

Teenage boys and girls report experiencing media and peer pressure to share sexual images via mobile phones, a practice known as ‘sexting’. Preliminary findings from a University of Melbourne study revealed young people believe a highly sexualised media culture bombarded them with sexualised images, creating pressure to engage in sexting. The boys interviewed for the.. Read more

Teens use peers as gauge in search for autonomy

As teens push their parents for more control over their lives, they use their peers as metrics to define appropriate levels of freedom and personal autonomy. They also tend to overestimate how much freedom their peers actually have. Those are the conclusions of new research that appears in the journal Child Development; the research was.. 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