Geek dad busts teenage daughter’s party

A self-confessed ‘geek’ accidently busted his teenage daughter holding a party in their family home in Adelaide, while he was 800 km away in Geelong. David Rowetel was interstate with his wife, his kids were staying elsewhere and his home was supposed to be vacant. But while out to dinner, David decided to check his.. 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

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

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