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7 lesser-known coming of age rituals around the world

With a society as rich as ours, South Africans are no strangers to coming of age rituals. Here's a look at the rituals of some of the most remote cultures in the world.

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Breast friends: A step-by-step guide to helping your daughter choose her first bra

Choosing your first bra, when your body's going through so many changes, can be a rather awkward, even frightening, ordeal. But we've put together a step-by-step guide for moms to help our daughters, including how to get measured, the very many bras to choose from and the key to feeling confident.

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You won't believe the diagnosis and treatment for PMS back in the day

We know it now as PMS, but back in the day, theories around premenstrual syndrome were pretty horrific. Women were even put in asylums! Here we unpack another topic for budding adolescent girls.

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What is an appropriate screen time limit for teens? We could be back to square one

If screens are kept at arm’s length, measures of well-being tend to improve, especially for teens, who may suffer from anxiety and depression. This analysis suggests that we can be flexible on screen time limits though, and if managed correctly, it could have benefits for our children, which includes making plans with friends, nurturing relationships and watching educational videos.

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Teen anxiety is real, very real: but treatment can be highly effective

Anxious teens are at heightened risk for a host of long-term problems, including depression, substance abuse and suicide. So it's extremely important for us to be able to identify these risks, so we can treat and combat them.

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A mom wrote in to share her son's good deed with us

3 November is World Kindness Day and we couldn't think of a better, more inspiring example of humanity than this to celebrate it.

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Why you shouldn't share the social post of children on drugs

A few learners in Pretoria became seriously ill after smoking a herbal drug. Social media was abuzz – but don't fall into the trap of sharing these posts.

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WATCH: This Harry Potter-inspired school dance is siriusly everything

Attention muggles, half-bloods and wizards: A school just did a Harry Potter-inspired homecoming assembly dance and it's gone viral!

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How this teen boy came to the rescue of a young girl who got her first period on the bus

A young man disregarding the stigma of menstrual blood? We're totally here for it!

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These teens and young adults want their day in court on climate change

21 young people have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government. Juliana v. United States challenges U.S. energy policies, stating they are destabilising the climate and violating established constitutional rights to personal security. It is her, and her peers', future after all.

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REVIEW: 3 important reasons to watch The Hate U Give with your teens

The Hate U Give, based on the YA novel, tackles issues of white privilege and police brutality in a way we think is vital for teens and young adults to see.

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REVIEW: Fortnite "is raising young people to be self-centered, not good citizens"

With Fortnite having more than 125 million players worldwide, parent and political theorist Nicholas Tampio decided to review the game. He felt, however, that it's only raising "self-centered" individuals who are far from being "good citizens".

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More boys hurt by dating violence than girls

It is often assumed that girls are more frequent victims of dating violence than boys. Findings from a recent study, however, show that boys are also vulnerable.

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WATCH: This dance battle between South African school boys

We may not be as far ahead as we'd like to be as a unified nation, but maybe dance can get us there? These South African schoolboys show us how it's done. Happy Heritage month!

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OPINION: Talentless YouTube influencers vs the world

Russell Jarvis shakes his head at the broken moral fibre of our new mixed reality – which our young teens are marinating themselves in.

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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.

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WATCH: Here's what teens do on Instagram and YouTube

A lot of adults have a lot to say about social media and online platforms. But what do the kids think? From Instagram and cyberbullying to memes, here are a few thoughts and experiences straight from the child's mouth.

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OPINION: "When people can't see things from another's perspective, they become vitriolic, aggressive and spiteful"

In the process of becoming a generation of apolitical, socially aware citizens, and with the advent of technology making it easier for users to engage in online public spheres, have we become so intolerant that when someone's opinion differs from ours we, ourselves, become intolerant, even vicious? A reader wrote in and shared his thoughts on the matter after reading our story 'Online suicide and the dark psychology of internet insult forums'.

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From penny press to Snapchat: How parents have always worried about the "new thing"

Grandma and grandpa reminisce about the "good old days", saying that today's kids seem to have an addiction when it comes to their smartphones. But the truth is, adults have worried about their kids' fascination with new-fangled entertainment and technology since the days of dime novels, radio, the first comic books and rock n' roll. Here's a grandparent's perspective on the kids (and parents) of today.

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Online suicide and the dark psychology of internet insult forums

Yes, social media has certainly provided many people with the opportunity to communicate, encourage debate and enable online public spheres. However, we cannot ignore that it has also provided many people with a platform to bully, troll and torment their peers, especially since their anonymity removes a sense of accountability. So shouldn't social media sites be doing more to protect their users, especially as so many of these users are children – our children?

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5 things teens need to know about cybersecurity

Everyone’s using technology, but they’re not all as safe as they could be. Here are a few ground rules to set for the kids and things you could do to make sure all their networks are password protected and their devices are safe and secure.

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WATCH: Anxiety in teens: what it looks like and strategies to help

Anxiety in teens: what it looks like and strategies to help

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Board games: Help your kids to create their own

Helping your kids build their very own board game makes for a cheap, easy, educational and, most importantly, fun activity.

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How a positive outlook on the future may protect teens from becoming violent

Here's proof that having hope and setting goals for the future, such as graduating from college or university, can prevent teens from turning to violence. This US study applies to South African youth too.

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Dear young man, here's what your dad may not tell you about sex (but should)

Mom, dad, can you remember your sexual awakening? Until that point, you'd been told that sex was something only grown-ups could talk about and yet, there you were with all these feelings bubbling under and you didn't know what to do with them. Well, that's what your son is feeling now. So read this or pass on to your son.

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“I’m not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you”: Millie Bobby Brown responds to bullies after she was trolled

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown deactivated her Twitter account last week when trolls started posting falsehoods about her being homophobic. And although the 14-year-old handled the situation like a pro, she really shouldn't have had to.

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No more smartphones at bedtime! Vamping and why teens are spending more time online than they do sleeping

Sleep deprivation has been linked to depression and anxiety, and your smartphone using teen could be at risk.

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Colour me excited: Crayola released a makeup collection!

All your favourite shades of your Crayola crayon box are now available in beauty products. Eggplant purple? Count me in.
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