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Sweet poison: Why vaping is on the up among teens

The use of pretty packaging and appealing flavours has a significant impact on young people, say experts, causing them to perceive tobacco products as less harmful.

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10 tips to help you succeed at finding a job after matric

From getting your CV in order (and everything you need to include in it) to simply being confident, here are 10 important tips to help you find and get a job.

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Suicide is not an option: Useful ways parents can help their teens this summer

"Suicide watch" is the terrible term given to the period just before exam results are released. Here's what parents need to know about supporting their teens through life's ups and downs.

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5 practical strategies for controlling bullying – and you can start this holiday

For 16 Days of Activism lets not forget to talk about a far lesser recognised form of abuse that affects 1 in 3 children worldwide: bullying.

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Party responsibly this New Year's Eve, teens!

New Year's Eve means festivities are in order! Here are some tips for responsible partying and socialising.

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20 tips for crushing your first holiday job!

We've all heard a horror story or two about what a drag some holiday jobs can be, but with these simple tips, you'll be sure to crush it.

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WATCH: DIY stress balls to get you through your final stretch of exams

The exam stress can become overwhelming at times. So much so that you find it hard to stay focused. So we put together a super simple DIY in the hopes that it might relieve a little tension when you're feeling down and out. Check out these DIY stress balls.

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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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