Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?

When most people picture the typical school bully, they think of a kid who is likely to have been bullied themselves. A child with low self-esteem who is trying to make themselves feel better by picking on others. But in fact, parents who continually and indiscriminately praise their children could be running the risk of.. Read more

Researchers link long hours online with poor body image

The long hours teenage girls are spending on the Internet might be contributing to low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction, research by Flinders University reveals. As part of the NetGirls project, Flinders psychologist Dr Amy Slater has surveyed 1,100 adolescent girls from 18 different high schools across South Australia to determine how the Internet impacts their.. 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

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