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13 Reasons Why: Season 2 is chillingly honest and completely terrifying

This second season of the Netflix hit show, 13 Reasons Why, is so brutal I could barely watch it, which is probably exactly why we and our teens, probably should.

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INFOGRAPHIC: First period tips and hacks

Here's a guide for your tween to cope with her first period at school and at home.

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The Boy Scouts of America are changing their name and recruiting girls!

As of 2019, the Boy Scouts will be known as Scouts BSA as the "Scout Me In" campaign aims to encourage girls to sign up as well.

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A parent's guide to matric ball planning

Giving your teen the night of their dreams doesn't have to make you hot under the collar. Here are some planning and budgeting tips for making it happen without breaking the bank.

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How three boys saved a man from jumping off a bridge

Shawn, Devonte and Sammy were walking home from school one day when they saw a man about to commit suicide. In a moment of sheer heroism, the boys ran to his rescue, holding onto him and pleading, "It's not worth it."

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The pill and your teen: We answer the most-Googled questions

Should your teen be on the pill? South African experts weigh in on the internet's highest ranked FAQs on oral contraception, and how they relate to your teen.

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This cartoon is promoting positive self-esteem in young children and we love it

An exciting new project which premiered yesterday is set to promote positive attitudes and behaviours in teens and tweens.

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A schoolgirl has developed a substance to help curb shack fires

Addressing the problem of fire outbreaks in informal settlements, Gabriella Mogale has created a twofold solution to curbing burns – and she’s only 17, writes Design Indaba.

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Being moody isn't a mental health issue

Normal negative emotions are actually growth promoting and essential for human development and adaptation. They prompt us to address life challenges and opportunities and to develop resilience.

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Books to help teens feel understood when they're feeling misunderstood

Our top list of YA books to look forward to for the rest of the year.

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Phenomenal period warriors!

The end of the Period Series for tweens and teens celebrates menstruators who are changing the way we talk and think about periods.

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What are finstas and why should parents know about them?

The pressure teens feel to project an image of perfection via social media has given rise to a new trend. Should parents be worried?

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More boys suffer online sex abuse than thought - study

Boys account for nearly a third of online child sex abuse images and often suffer the worst horrors, a new study has revealed, suggesting a greater problem than first thought.

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First period celebrations and not-so-celebrations

In some countries around the world, the whole family – even village – celebrates with the young woman. In other countries, we're too mortified to talk about periods. What is your family tradition?

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WATCH: A fun way to save with DIY shadow money boxes

Planning to save for the matric dance, the school history tour or the latest gadget? Well, we’ve got an easy savings plan for you as well as a DIY shadow money box to store all your funds.

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Lessons your kids can learn from Black Panther

The latest Marvel production, Black Panther, has grossed $700 million globally. But beyond its financial success, the film has also opened up conversations about representation and diversity. Here's how you can talk to your kids about the movie.

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1 in 7 teens are sexting – do we really know what our kids are getting up to?

Teen sexting has been on the rise over the last decade as smartphones have become more available; meanwhile teen sex has declined.

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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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