Teen (13-18)

 

Development

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.

Development

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.

Lifestyle

'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.

Lifestyle

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

Sis Dolly answers some burning questions from our readers.

Development

‘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.

Development

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.

Development

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.

Development

#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?"

Fun

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.

Development

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.

Parenting

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."

Parenting

WATCH: Local teen brilliantly explains what is wrong with South African society today

The current crisis of gender-based violence we face in South Africa today has inspired one teen to take a stand, sharing his frustrations with his peers and society in general in this insightful 10-minute video.

Development

Taking the pill as a teenager may have long-lasting effect on depression risk

Recently, the largest study to date on this topic concluded that women who are using the pill or other hormonal contraceptives are at an increased risk for depression. The study also showed that this relationship was strongest in teenaged girls.

Fun

How Vanessa Raphaely created South Africa's happiest Facebook parenting group

"It’s a truth universally acknowledged that raising teenagers is a pretty challenging endeavour. But quite how stormy, still seems to come as a terrible shock to most of us."

Development

Curbing risky behaviour in teens starts with skills, knowledge, motivation and resources says local NGO

Social scientist at ACTIVATE! Change Drivers youth network Dr Cephas Mutami shares his findings for what is needed to stop young people engaging in risky behaviour.

Development

'Where your true purpose begins' - a former teen mom says pregnancy doesn't mean the end of your dreams

"Life does not stop, in fact, that is where your true purpose begins. You are now responsible for another life. How amazing." Some seriously motivating words for teen moms going through the worst right now.

Development

How giving young people basic financial skills helps them find jobs

Giving young people financial skills can lead to much better education and job outcomes.

Development

'Heavily and unfairly burdened' - Reflecting on the plight of teen moms this Women's Month

"As we celebrate Women's Month it is a perfect opportunity for all of us to deconstruct the stigma that teenage mothers are heavily and unfairly burdened with." A former teen mom reflects on teenage pregnancy.

Development

Can teens drink alcohol under parental supervision or is that breaking the law?

Raising a teenager in South Africa is no walk in the park. As a parent, many worries keep you up at night. Are your kids safe? Do they have sensible friends? Are they responsible when you're not around? You have to put their well-being first, but you can't "baby" your child forever. At some point, they may start drinking alcohol, and you might wonder, 'Is it better to let them drink under my roof instead of behind my back?'

Fun

WATCH: The teen designing eSwatini's traditional regalia

Sandizile Malindiza learnt to make the traditional clothing of her country, formerly known as Swaziland, at 11-years-old.
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