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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

"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.


‘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.


10 realistic tips to help matriculants succeed at finding a job

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator have shared ten realistic tips to help youth with finding employment 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.


‘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 shares powerful lessons she learned from her hiking group

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


4 reasons teenagers should wait until they’re older to start having sex

About 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant, and around one million girls under the age of 15 give birth.


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.


What is the age of consent in South Africa, and around the world?

In South Africa, the age of consent is 16 for boys and girls, and includes same-sex sexual experiences.


More boys suffer sex abuse than thought – study

Boys account for nearly a third of online child sex abuse images and often suffer the worst horrors, a new study has revealed, suggesting a greater problem than first thought.


#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?"


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.


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.


Youth around the world are marching to stop climate change

Today, 20 September 2019, the youth of the world are saying enough. All around the globe, including in South Africa, thousands of young people are gathering in protest, calling attention to their future on a dying planet.


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.


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.


'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.


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.
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