Sex-ed can equip and empower young people to make healthy and safe choices about their sexuality for themselves and for others.
The notion that religious groups are opposed to sex-ed is simply not true. And our youth need it more than ever to take control over their lives, their bodies and their decisions.
If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their lives.
New research shows the effect of bullying on disabled teenagers and suggests what schools can do to help.
Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD.
While the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, it didn't find that one caused the other. Nor did it look specifically at clinically diagnosed ADHD.
Hope and goals for the future, such as graduating from college, can help protect teens from turning to violence.
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Teens who have high hopes for the future were less likely to threaten or injure someone with a weapon, a recent study reports. Could helping youth build dreams for the future also curb violence?
A group of teenagers hanging out.
In recent years, the notion of a structurally imbalanced teenage brain has been faulted for bad choices. A review of studies suggests that a deficit in brain development is not to blame.
Parents play an important role in when their teenage children start drinking and their drinking patterns as they grow.
Teenagers pick up cues about drinking from you and your family. Here's how you can help them develop a healthier relationship with alcohol.
A new report paints a disturbing picture about the lack of hygiene in Aboriginal communities, that particularly disadvantages girls.
Our report shows poor hygiene in remote Indigenous communities is responsible for girls missing school during their periods due to lack of products and knowledge, and feelings of shame. .
Eating disorders are among the leading causes of hospitalisation for mental-health-related issues in Australia.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the Medicare review taskforce to consider increasing the number of subsidised mental health sessions for those with eating disorders. Why is that necessary?
A study of 78 Kenyan secondary schools shows up critical gaps in sex education.
At a time when a new national school curriculum is starting its pilot phase in Kenya, a study shows the massive gaps in sexuality education programmes.
Mass media is a source of sexual information for children.
Parents should monitor the television programmes their children are exposed to and advise them to make informed sexual choices.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is providing an exciting new innovation to tackle HIV prevention.
Trials have shown that rates of HIV infection are reduced if people not infected with HIV take anti-retrovirals - known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But adherence to a daily dose is a problem.
Do we need to panic about young people watching online porn?
There's no evidence that the increase in children committing sexual offences is because they watch online porn.
For a parent, talking to children about their cancer may be the only thing more difficult than facing their own diagnosis.
Young people whose parents have cancer report levels of psychological distress that are three to six times higher than others their age.
Boys who have high rates of empathy have 1.8 times more friendships with girls than those who struggle to comprehend the emotions of others.
Empathy seems to be the key to developing friendships. It's especially important for young men establishing supportive friendships with young women.
Not just a wives’ tale: growing pains are common in kids.
Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
A survey of parents found many weren’t keen on their kids lifting weights, but the evidence says they should.
A recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.
Adolescents are at a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide after hearing about the suicide of a friend.
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Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform the distant idea of suicide into something very real.
Adolescence has always been hard, but there’s not much evidence to suggest it’s worse for kids these days.
Many adolescent pressures are age old, others newer, such as having followers on social media.
Teenage drinking in Australia has declined dramatically over the past fifteen years.
Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic.
Adolescents are losing up to an hour of sleep a night more then they did ten years ago.
Adolescents are getting less sleep even though they're at a stage in life when they may need it most. Why not delay school starting times so they can catch up on some shuteye?