Sex talk with teens must address pornography

Sex educator Liz Walker says parents need to rewrite the discussions they are having with their teenage children about sex, due to the proliferation of Internet pornography. A report published this week in the Australian Journal of Medicine [1] expressed concern about the relationship between teenagers accessing pornography and risky behaviour. The authors reviewed existing.. Read more

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Lots of Facebook friends linked to narcissism

Do you know how many Facebook friends’ your teenager has? 200, 500, 1,000? Researchers have linked high Facebook activity, including a large number of ‘friends’, with narcissistic personalities. The researchers define narcissism as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance”. Creating a narcissistic personality inventory, the team from.. Read more

Australian teen takes to Twitter to fight bullying

UPDATE: 5 June 2012 Dylan Raven has been nominated for the Child of Courage Medal in this year’s Pride of Australia Awards. He now has over 1500 followers on Twitter. 16-year-old Dylan Raven is working his way towards becoming a Twitter superstar. Not for personal fame and glory, like you might expect from a more.. Read more

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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

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

Who’s ‘sexting’ who?

Despite parental concerns and media hype, a new study is claiming that the practice of ‘sexting’ is not particularly common amongst teenagers. The University of New Hampshire found that about 1% of surveyed teens had participated in ‘sexting’ – sending sexually explicit images via mobile phone or internet – in the past year. Researchers surveyed.. Read more

What happened when 24 teens gave up screens for a week

When teacher Thea Nicholas pitched the idea that her students go screen-free for a week, it was as popular as a flat iPod. “You can imagine the look of disgust on their face when I first told them. Giving up screens is like chopping off their arm – they are completely dependent on them.” With.. Read more

Facebook for teenagers – a parent’s guide

Ready for a staggering statistic? Almost half of all Australians are on Facebook. Chances are your teenagers are using it, and you probably are too. Facebook has ‘friended’ us big time, and it seems we’ve given it the big ‘Like’ thumbs up. But there are still plenty of parents who do not use the site,.. Read more

Is your teen addicted to the Internet?

So, your teenager spends a lot of time online. Most do. We might even joke that they’re ‘addicted’ to Facebook, Tumblr, or World of Warcraft. But as Australian child/adolescent psychiatrist Dr Philip Tam suggests in this article, if your teen’s internet use is taking over their life they may have a serious problem. In recent.. Read more