Teen (13-18)



PODCAST | PARENT24/7: Raising teens in the modern village, with Vanessa Raphaely

We talk about what it's like to be a parent today, what keeps us up at night, what we're doing right and whether or not teens are really that entitled.


WATCH: This 14-year-old girl is finally getting credit for viral TikTok dance

If you've ever seen any of the videos on TikTok, you'll recognise the dance immediately.


Warning signs to help prevent teenage tragedy

Teenage years can be a stressful and anxious time for many young people, and tragically suicide is one of the more common causes of unnatural death among this age group.

Health & Safety

From FOMO to eco anxiety... teens need your help!

It’s the Always-On culture. It’s FOMO. It’s cyberbullying. And now also Eco Anxiety. Teens need your help!


Facebook’s top tips for a safer social media experience for teens

In celebration of Safer Internet Day, Facebook has partnered with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise awareness about Internet safety.


From street child to open water athlete

Thabiso Molefi ran away from home at 14. Five years later he swam from Robben Island to Blouberg.


Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys

Since 2010, depression, self-harm and suicide rates have increased among teen boys. But rates of major depression among teen girls in the U.S. increased even more – from 12% in 2011 to 20% in 2017. In 2015, three times as many 10- to 14-year-old girls were admitted to the emergency room after deliberately harming themselves than in 2010. Meanwhile, the suicide rate for adolescent girls has doubled since 2007.


‘How do I control my oily skin and prevent pimples?’ A dermatologist explains

Pimples are the worst! They hurt, pop up overnight and can be impossible to hide. But rest assured, there are a few things you can do to keep your oil at bay and control the likelihood of a break out.


Soar! The new guidebook for teenage girls

Soar! The new guidebook for teenage girls that aims to instill confidence, resilience and educate them on career opportunities


As matric results are released, is your teen at increased risk of suicide?

Parent24 spoke to Kayla from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) to find out more about the impact the exam season and the wait for results can have on the mental health of teenagers.


How do I come out to my parents about being trans? A gender activist advises

We spoke to transgender activist, Dr Anastacia Tomson, to find out how she worked through the murky waters of coming out and how transgender teenagers could find their own resources to do so.


'I’m a university student and this is why I hate going home during the festive season'

This woman still wishes her parents would separate because home has become a toxic environment.


My overweight teenage daughter won’t exercise – how do I help her?

Sis Dolly answers some burning questions from our readers.


‘How do I clean my penis?’: Here's the answer to this surprisingly common teen question

The penis is simply another part of our anatomy and it’s a shame some people think talking about cleaning and caring for our genitals is embarrassing or taboo. Here an expert provides a straight forward answer.

Teen (13-18)

7 things you need to know about Time's youngest ever Person of the Year, Greta Thunberg

Here are seven things you need to know about the fearless and passionate climate change activist Time magazine has just named their Person of the Year.

Health & Safety

Are you ready to teach your teen to drive?

With the luxury of time afforded parents during the festive season, it seems like the perfect opportunity to teach your teen everything they need to know about getting behind the wheel.

Teen (13-18)

New York considers 'virginity test' ban after rapper T.I. sparks uproar

New York state is considering banning so-called virginity tests after an American rapper sparked outcry by saying he takes his daughter to a gynecologist every year to check her hymen is still intact.

Health & Safety

Parents of teens, here's what you really need to know about MDMA

Early and age-appropriate education about medicines, tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs means a young person already has well-formed attitudes before the influence of their peers kicks in.


Teen shares powerful lessons she learned from her hiking group

Shaye Pfeiffer shares what she learned from her years with local hiking group Kingdom Kidz.


Child marriage in North Africa: still a lot to be done

This year about 12 million of the world’s children will be married before they turn 18. UNICEF figures suggest about 18% of them will be boys and about 82% girls.


#NoFutureNoChildren: Teens are pledging to not have children until governments address climate change

"Because even though I want to have children more than almost anything- what kind of a mother would I be if I brought a baby into a world where I couldn’t make sure they were safe?"


WATCH: DF Malan's incredible cheer is still going viral

A video of DF Malan's 2019 MTBS cheer has gone viral and it's easy to see why.


Young South Africans upbeat despite broken promises and poor odds

Popular discourses about young people are often very negative and dismissive. Our research reveals how young people engage in their households and communities in positive ways and simply wish for opportunities to make something of their lives.

Teen (13-18)

'It’s such a powerful image' - Mpumalanga teen wins international photographic award

"When his photo flashed up on screen, there was a sharp intake of breath around the judging room..." Picked from more than 4,000 international entries, Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga has snagged the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Award.


Calling all good guys: Teen urges SA men to #justdosomething in a heartfelt two-minute video

"The posts that we're seeing on our social media platforms are not an attack on you personally... as the good guys we're not asked to headhunt these sick, twisted freaks but we sure as hell need to do something."
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