Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities.
Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers. But neuroscience and psychology research is revising that image: Adolescents are primed to help those around them, with positive benefits for all.
Parental role-modelling, encouragement and seeking support from the school can help make the awkward bits of making friends as a teen easier.
Navigating friendships as a teen can be hard. Parents can help by modelling good behaviour and making sure their teen feels they can talk to them about their friendships.
If screens are kept at an arm’s length, measures of well-being tend to improve.
As their kids get older, should parents should be more – not less – vigilant?
The character of Kayla in ‘Eighth Grade’ is a true-to-life representation of an anxious teen.
Almost a third of American adolescents have anxiety disorders. Researchers in developmental neuroscience are figuring out that how the brain matures over time may be part of the reason why.
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.
Boosting someone else may deliver a mood boost to you too.
Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
Ideas of when ‘adulthood’ starts for young people are changing around the world.
'Emerging adulthood' offers a contemporary view of young adults, as perceptions and definitions shift worldwide.
Young people need more protection while they're growing up.
When it comes to neuroscience, there's no such thing as an 'average' teenager.
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The panic about British children reaching puberty younger is unwarranted. Medieval skeletons provide a different answer.
Just because everyone else is doing it…
Adolescents have important developmental work to do. Despite what worried grownups think, taking needless risks isn't the goal for teens. Being risky is part of exploring and learning about the world.
Research shows that holding down a job as a teenager has real benefits later in life.
Instead of trying out for band or the hockey team, adolescents might do better to choose a part-time job as an extracurricular activity. Research shows it pays big dividends later in life.
In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much.
Should parents be worried that many teens are putting off traditional rites of passage like working, driving and dating?
We’re still not really sure whether puberty is starting earlier.
A new book on puberty has explored why we find it so difficult to talk about puberty, and why we need to start talking about it earlier.
The role of parents and carers in high school students’ learning and achievement is critical.
There are four key styles to parenting high school students, and parents will likely need to move between two of them as their children grow up.
Baby boomers preferred drugs and alcohol, but the younger generation are ruining their health with social media.
Social media use is weakly associated with depressed mood in the young, but it's not clear which way cause and effect runs.
Constant sugar hits in a developing brain can change the reward centres for life, leading to behavioural and mood issues later in life.
Teenage rats that drank sugary beverages were less able than adult rats who drank the same to remember a specific location leading to an escape hatch.
The programs aim to influence teens to think seriously about contraception and the consequences of their sexual choices.
Electronic baby simulators given to schoolgirls as part of a sex education program may make teenage girls more, not less, likely to become pregnant, a new Australian study has found.
It’s important to focus on health, not weight.
Reassuring your child you love and support them unconditionally is crucial for a healthy relationship.