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Would sex ed have changed anything? Would sex ed have changed anything? Teenage pregancy via Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Compulsory sex education won’t reduce rates of teenage pregnancy

Proposals to force all schools to teach a compulsory sex education curriculum from primary level up and to restrict the right of parents to opt-out their children are back on the parliamentary agenda…
It’s not just the late nights. It’s not just the late nights. Student asleep via Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Explainer: why does the teenage brain need more sleep?

Throughout our lives we experience changes in sleep patterns and in the amount of sleep we need. While babies sleep between 16 and 18 hours per day, this is reduced to approximately seven to eight hours…
There is no evidence that Call of Duty causes suicide. There is no evidence that Call of Duty causes suicide. campuspartymexico

Don’t blame Call of Duty for teenage suicide

A British coroner has sparked anxiety among parents by linking Call of Duty, one of the most popular video games in the world, to teenage suicide. John Pollard says Call of Duty has “figured in recent…
Early exposure can lead to addiction. Early exposure can lead to addiction. Brit.

Screenagers face troubling addictions from an early age

In 1997, Douglas Rushkoff boldly predicted the emergence a new caste of tech-literate adolescents. He argued that the children of his day would soon blossom into “screenagers”, endowed with effortless…
LinkedIn is focusing on a younger audience, targeting high school students. LinkedIn is focusing on a younger audience, targeting high school students. A Name Like Shields Can Make You Defensive/Flickr

LinkedIn for teens: how young is too young for a personal brand?

Despite recording revenue of US$1.5 billion last year, professional social networking site LinkedIn saw its shares take a 7% hit on Friday night, after its growth forecast disappointed the market. Since…
British band One Direction has a huge following worldwide. But media criticism of their fans doesn’t respect the knowledge and power they possess. British band One Direction has a huge following worldwide. But media criticism of their fans doesn’t respect the knowledge and power they possess. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

That’s what makes them beautiful: why One Direction fans are smarter than you

Over the weekend, rumours have spread that Crazy About One Direction, a documentary on the eponymous boy band broadcast by the UK’s Channel 4, has led to suicides among distraught fans. One thing is certain…
Young people have the right to contribute to research about their lives. Young people have the right to contribute to research about their lives. Anita & Greg/Flickr

Complexity and consent: the ethics of researching youth

Ethics by their very nature are tricky – if the morally right thing to do was clear-cut, we wouldn’t need to have ethical deliberations. Perhaps one of the most enduring ethical dilemmas is around questions…
The combination of energy drinks and alcohol is a potent mix. The combination of energy drinks and alcohol is a potent mix. ryawesome/Flickr

Energy drink binge leaves teens with more than a hangover

Manufacturers of energy drinks are coming under pressure from governments and regulatory bodies following concerns about the health impacts of their products on teenagers and other at-risk groups. Typically…
Women should be allowed to have fun, without the media judging them. Women should be allowed to have fun, without the media judging them. AAP/Jack Tran

The wilding of women: why the media should ease up on girls

Wilding, a word seldom used outside of sociology, describes compounded acts of immorality. Of teenagers, apparently, running amok. In packs usually, with rage and ribaldry in their eyes. I was thinking…

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IQ can change in teen years

IQ can rise or fall in adolescent years, according to a new study. Until now it has been assumed that intellectual capability…

Brain growth dependent on sleep

Lack of sleep during adolescent years could have a detrimental effect on brain development. Using adolescent mice, researchers…

Teens keep their religious identity

Teenagers retain the religious identity they grew up with, even as their participation in religious activities, such as attending…