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Research shows that holding down a job as a teenager has real benefits later in life. (Shutterstock)

Why teenage jobs are good for your kids

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. Jenn Huls

Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Book review: The New Puberty

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.
Constant sugar hits in a developing brain can change the reward centres for life, leading to behavioural and mood issues later in life. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why sugar is so much worse for teenagers’ brains

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. Mary Sauers/Flickr

Electronic baby simulators could increase, not decrease, teen pregnancy

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.
A parent surveys the scene of Kenya’s worst school fire, in which 63 students died in 2001. Recent arson attacks have been aimed at disruption. Reuters

Fighting fire with fire is unlikely to stem Kenya student unrest

A shocking wave of school fires set by students across Kenya has elicited a range of counter-measures, none of which appears to get to the root of the problem.

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