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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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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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WATCH: Anxiety in teens: what it looks like and strategies to help

Anxiety in teens: what it looks like and strategies to help

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How a positive outlook on the future may protect teens from becoming violent

Here's proof that having hope and setting goals for the future, such as graduating from college or university, can prevent teens from turning to violence. This US study applies to South African youth too.

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Dear young man, here's what your dad may not tell you about sex (but should)

Mom, dad, can you remember your sexual awakening? Until that point, you'd been told that sex was something only grown-ups could talk about and yet, there you were with all these feelings bubbling under and you didn't know what to do with them. Well, that's what your son is feeling now. So read this or pass on to your son.

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“I’m not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you”: Millie Bobby Brown responds to bullies after she was trolled

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown deactivated her Twitter account last week when trolls started posting falsehoods about her being homophobic. And although the 14-year-old handled the situation like a pro, she really shouldn't have had to.

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No more smartphones at bedtime! Vamping and why teens are spending more time online than they do sleeping

Sleep deprivation has been linked to depression and anxiety, and your smartphone using teen could be at risk.

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What your menstrual blood tells you about your health

To celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, midwife and health expert Sister Burgie Ireland offers some tips of things to look out for to ensure our menstrual health remains in top form.

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How the 11-year-old Meghan Markle fought the patriarchy

When she was only 11 years old, Meghan Markle came across a sexist ad on TV. The future Duchess of Sussex wasn't going to just let it slide.

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13 Reasons Why: Season 2 is chillingly honest and completely terrifying

This second season of the Netflix hit show, 13 Reasons Why, is so brutal I could barely watch it, which is probably exactly why we and our teens, probably should.

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INFOGRAPHIC: First period tips and hacks

Here's a guide for your tween to cope with her first period at school and at home.

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My sister's very necessary irritating hugs

The understated importance of sibling bonds as we grow up.

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How three boys saved a man from jumping off a bridge

Shawn, Devonte and Sammy were walking home from school one day when they saw a man about to commit suicide. In a moment of sheer heroism, the boys ran to his rescue, holding onto him and pleading, "It's not worth it."

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The pill and your teen: We answer the most-Googled questions

Should your teen be on the pill? South African experts weigh in on the internet's highest ranked FAQs on oral contraception, and how they relate to your teen.

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Phenomenal period warriors!

The Period Series for tweens and teens celebrates menstruators who are changing the way we talk and think about periods.

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Being moody isn't a mental health issue

Normal negative emotions are actually growth promoting and essential for human development and adaptation. They prompt us to address life challenges and opportunities and to develop resilience.

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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.

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What are finstas and why should parents know about them?

The pressure teens feel to project an image of perfection via social media has given rise to a new trend. Should parents be worried?

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First period celebrations and not-so-celebrations

In some countries around the world, the whole family – even village – celebrates with the young woman. In other countries, we're too mortified to talk about periods. What is your family tradition?

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1 in 7 teens are sexting – do we really know what our kids are getting up to?

Teen sexting has been on the rise over the last decade as smartphones have become more available; meanwhile teen sex has declined.

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Teens in America are calling “BS” on lawmakers, planning mass school walk-out after Parkland school mass shooting

"We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks," exclaims Emma Gonzales, a survivor of the Parkland high school shooting.

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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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Bloody hell! That's not fair!

Why should our girls still be too ashamed to admit when they're on their periods? Lesego gives a big old pep talk to our teens.
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