Teen (13-18)



#ChildrensVoices | 16 year old Maya Mabasa writes about the game changer called Covid-19

#ChildrensVoices is a ReaderLympics initiative, where children are invited to share their experiences of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.


Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown

Many people are confronting life-and-death situations or serious economic consequences for their families and do not have the luxury of worrying about angsty and argumentative teens. So what’s a parent to do?


#ChildrensVoices | Nonku Mbalula, 14 years old, writes about her quarantine journey

The good thing though is being able to spend more time with my family instead of staying on my phone 24/7.


Teen with incurable brain tumour sees life-changing results after receiving wonder drug

The family are thrilled after years of fighting the killer disease.


WATCH: Tips for teenagers and parents during lockdown

Here a doctor provides tips for creating a better environment for you and your teen.


#ChildrensVoices | Teen Aluwani Mphelo shares his experience of lockdown

I really hope that people start behaving and take social distancing seriously so that the government does not extend lockdown and so we can all go back to living freely.


#ChildrensVoices | Tumi Sefotlhelo, age 14, shares his experience of the coronavirus pandemic

Sometimes it’s overwhelming living with family without being able to go out.


#ChildrensVoices | 14 in Quarantine: A New Norm by Milani Yenanna

We are all going through this together and none of us have experienced what we are going through before.


Preteen girls are using code language to talk about sex: A psychologist advises local parents

We asked local psychoanalyst Enzo Sinisi if he's ever come across preteens using code language to refer to sex or sexual acts, and whether or not parents should be worried.


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.

True Life

'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.
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