Teen (13-18)

 

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Teens in America are calling “BS” on lawmakers, planning mass school walk-out after Parkland school mass shooting

"We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks," exclaims Emma Gonzales, a survivor of the Parkland high school shooting.

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13 reasons to talk about teen suicide

Here are 13 reasons to talk to your teen about a very difficult topic, writes Lizette Rabe, after Netflix’s announcement that they’re planning a sequel to 13 Reasons Why – last year’s runaway series about a teen girl’s suicide.

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Bloody hell! That's not fair!

Why should our girls still be too ashamed to admit when they're on their periods? Lesego gives a big old pep talk to our teens.

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Mom calls gay bar after son comes out – the reason why will have you in tears!

With 17 years of experience as a bartender, Kara is used to giving advice beyond just recommending drinks – but this call had her stumped!

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10 myths about periods that you may still believe

We've all heard a weird myth or old wives tale about periods, but just how many are true? Don't worry, none of them.

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For SA teens: a quick and easy guide to getting all your documents

If you're freaking out because you have no clue how to get started with applying for an ID, passport, or bank account, we've got you covered.

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How you can help your matriculant find a job

Perhaps the matriculant in your house didn’t get a Bachelor’s pass, or he’s chosen not to study this year. You’d love to send him off on an elaborate gap year, travelling the world, but you don’t have the means. Employment is the likely next move for him.

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A parent’s guide to why teens make bad decisions

Ever wondered exactly what your teen was thinking when they did that absolutely mindless thing for the umpteenth time? Research on brain development explains.

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‘I wish my parents had taught me’

It’s an awkward conversation that many parents dread to have when their children approach adolescence, but it’s one Thabisa* wishes her parents could have been more open about. It’s the sex talk.

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Teenage pregnancy treated as criminal offence in Tanzania

Schoolgirls who fall pregnant in Tanzania are barred from completing their education and even face possible arrest. A closer look at the country's soaring teen pregnancy stats reveals this may not be the best approach.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Shall we talk about... contraceptives?

There are many ways for your teen to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies and STIs. Make sure they have all the knowledge they'll need.

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Beauty for girls, pranks for boys – it’s the same old gender stereotypes for YouTube stars

Are the same old gender stereotypes persisting giving girls and boys unequal opportunities? Research has revealed that not much has changed in the industry, despite kids having newer platforms supposedly giving them more opportunities.

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Best of young adult fiction: 5 classic and revolutionary reads for 2018

Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Listed below are 5 great reads for your teens!

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9 tips for aiding a depressed teen

Has your teen been diagnosed with depression? Here's what you can do to help.

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Teen builds prosthetic arm with Lego

This 18-year-old made his dream of having a new arm come true by using toy bricks.

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Parent's guide: How to identify and combat cyberbullying

Cyberbullying often goes unnoticed because we can't pick up on the telltale signs. But if we don't and don't try to intervene, the consequences are unthinkable.

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Tear-jerker song for mother who died of cancer goes viral

Caitlin Burke’s Not That Far Apart became an internet hit after her mother, Carolyn, passed away in March following a two-year struggle with ovarian cancer.

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Top 10 teen dramas of 2017

If your teenager is feeling bored these holidays, they'll love you for this list.

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Keeping score of ‘friends’ on Facebook and Instagram may be harmful to your teen's health

The "lurking" we're doing on Facebook and the hours our teens are spending online, has us comparing ourselves to others and subsequently feeling bad about our own lives.

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Matrics: Have fun, be safe!

A message from Western Cape ministers Schäfer and Grant encouraging matrics to celebrate responsibly.

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It’s never too late to have the (sex) talk

Have you had the talk with your teen yet?

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These are the books Elon Musk read as child

Elon Musk is a business magnate, investor, engineer and inventor, and he credits his success to these books that "raised" and inspired him.

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REVIEW: Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones: A Teenager's Online Survival Guide

“Digital content is dangerous content... if you can get your head around this, then most of the other stuff will be pretty easy to understand…" A fun and informative teen guide to navigating the digital world.

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Trying to take the perfect selfie could be the reason your teens are self-harming

Teens are obsessed with taking the perfect selfie. But it has negative effects on their mental health and may lead to self-harming.

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There's been a rise in teen suicide and it may very well be social media's fault

Social media posts depicting "perfect" lives may be taking a toll on teens' mental health, says researchers, and are subsequently leading to teen suicide.

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Our kids need unconditional love and support during exam time – not added pressure

Our kids are understandably stressed out and anxious during exam time. So instead of adding pressure, we should consider exactly why they may need us now more than ever to support and help them through.
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