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

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

11 tips for a successful teen party

In an earlier guest post, Margie* shared her story of a teenage party that went horribly wrong, and ended with scores of gatecrashers, paddy wagons on the front lawn, and damage to property. In this post, Margie shares some tips learnt from that experience and how she went on to hold a successful 17th birthday.. Read more

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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

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

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