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WATCH: Instagram to use AI tech to reign in nasty comments on their platform in a bid to combat online harassment among its teen users

"We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying." Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri says the platform's new anti-cyberbullying tech was inspired by real-life examples of online harassment reported by its teen users.

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Millie Bobby Brown talks bullying, having to switch schools and how she’s making social media a “happy place” because of it

“I want to combat the negativity on social media – I have experienced it – it’s like a disease. It’s negative hate that is genuinely so horrifying to me.” – Millie Bobby Brown shares her thoughts on social media, saying she believes we can and should be using it to influence positive change.

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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?'

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"My son wants to transition into a girl. I want to help her. What can I do?" Our expert answers

How can this parent help their child to fully accept their sexuality? Founder of Explorare Kate Tregan tackles our reader's question.

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Gen Z teenagers are leaving sex until later, and it could mean they lead healthier lives

We know teenagers experiment with intimacy but we also know teenage pregnancy numbers have been dropping in recent years. New findings suggest that fewer young teenagers are actually having sexual intercourse than previously thought.

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Dad receives backlash for shaming daughter's untidy bedroom

It’s a cause for frustration many parents share – a teenager who simply refuses to clean their room.

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How to speak to your daughter about her first period

Experts share tips on how you, as a parent, can help your daughter navigate this new chapter in her life.

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"You are going to be okay" - Twitter's #myfirstperiod reveals dads are more involved than you might think

The recently trending topic invited women to share their first period experience, and a perhaps surprising number of stories involved dads coming to the rescue.

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Tips for teens helping friends who are self-harming

You aren’t their parent, so save the lectures and check-in phone calls. You aren’t their counsellor, so don’t attempt to solve their problems. You are their friend, and heaven knows they need a friend right now. Michelle Mitchell shares a few tips for teens who self-harm.

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A parent's guide: Help your child welcome a trans classmate

We live in a world with such amazing diversity and being trans is just another way people add to the spectrum of life. It's up to parents to help their children understand that differences are normal. Here's how.

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LGBTQIAP+: We help you understand 23 gender terms

Here are some gender-related terms you may encounter – on campus, at school, among your children's friends. We explain what they mean.

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When, where and how: A first-time voter’s guide to the 2019 SA general elections

From checking your registration status, where you're supposed to vote and everything you'll need to get you through the day, here's your guide to navigating the polls on 8 May.

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What HIV-positive orphaned teens in children's homes really need

Adolescence and the transition to adulthood is complex and challenging for any young person in SA. For HIV positive teens in care, the residential setting, their HIV status and their adolescence intersect to create a unique situation.

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Why perfectionism is damaging to your teen's mental health

It's been linked to anxiety, stress, depression, eating disorders and suicide. Here's what parents can do to ensure their teens aren't pursuing perfection at the cost of their mental health.

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Hyde Park High School pupil: ‘I was made to feel that my hair carries very little worth’

A Grade 9 pupil from Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg made headlines when she was given detention for her natural hair.

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If your teenager’s "vocal fry" bothers you, you may be behind the times

Does your teen’s voice sound unnaturally low and gravelly, like a door on rusty hinges, or a quacking duck? It's called vocal fry or creaky voice, and here's why they're probably doing it.

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How 18-year-old Xolisa is chasing his pilot dreams

Here's to the ones who never give up on their dreams, no matter what it takes.

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Social media and teen mental health: Wake up! Speak up!

10-17 February is Teenage Suicide Prevention Week in South Africa. With mental ill-health becoming a global crisis, especially among the youth, social media seriously needs to revisit their online policies – but we as the public should also take responsibility.

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These are the top 3 qualities teens value most in friendships

Turning the stereotypical view of teens on its head, a study of learners from 11 schools across Wales is proving that young people today have a wide world view and value kindness over popularity.

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Actually, all the cool kids AREN'T doing it

Teens absolutely stink at judging their peers’ behaviour! Says a researcher. Here's more...

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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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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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