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Break up the fights early. Teenage fight via Olly/Shutterstock

Gender stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence

Teenagers' opinions about when violence is acceptable or not can be influenced by the way they perceive men and women and the relationships between them. Simply telling young people that violence is wrong…
Avoid bedroom study, which could lead to distracting photo montage creation. mRallie

How to get teenagers to revise for exams during the holidays

Revising for exams is a necessary evil. Ever since written university exams were first set in England by the Cambridge chemist William Farrish in about 1792, students have struggled to revise. And with…
Parents can support young people to develop healthy, respectful and consensual sexual relationships. Ed Yourdon/Flickr

Let’s talk about sex: teaching teens to negotiate sexual intimacy

Talking about sex, intimacy and risk-taking with adolescents is not as easy as busting out a Salt-N-Pepa classic. Catchy lyrics aside, parents may be grappling with a number of questions: Is my adolescent…
What do you presume about me? Teenagers via auremar/Shutterstock

Today’s 13-year-olds are not as bad as we’re led to believe

In 1982 I was toying with the idea of a career in teaching. That year a controversial film, Made in Britain, starring Tim Roth was released and I almost didn’t become a teacher. The film’s central character…
Curbing teen pregnancy rates will take more than just access to contraception. Image of pregnant women via Coffeemill/www.shutterstock.com

How to bring the teen pregnancy rate down

Teen pregnancy is a public health problem in the United States. According to 2010 estimates, girls aged 15-19 years accounted for 614,000 pregnancies in the US. An additional 11,000 pregnancies were recorded…
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…
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…

Nutritional deficiencies risk in obese teens

Severely obese teenagers are likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies regardless of whether they have had weight loss surgery…
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…

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