Teens prefer internet to drinking
Which is worse for teens - drinking or excessive internet use?
Is it wrong to tell your daughter that she’s gained weight?
Weight, body image, social values and parenting.
Common teen behaviours linked to depression
What we thought was normal might actually be risky.
Growth in sexual violence among young people
1 in 10 young people admit to having perpetrated sexual violence.
Chris Lane dead because boys were bored
What kind of society produces people who kill for entertainment?
Mostly good news about NZ youth
NZ youth are now less keen on smoking, drinking, violence and more.
The teenage selfie: harmless or harmful?
The culture of the selfie could be fuelling one big sexual competition.
A timeless message to teens: mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook…
Some messages take a long time to catch on -- or perhaps they are things that need to be said at regular intervals, forever. Answers, for example, to the complaint, “I’m bored.”
An app for keeping an eye on your teen driver?
A mobile phone device being developed allows parents to to monitor the cell phone use of their teens while driving. What do you think, parents?
Obesity researchers find teens “frustrating”. How surprising.
An intensive obesity-prevention program for Australian girls didn't lead to any improvements in their diet, physical activity or body weight a year later.
The American family: torn by a culture of rejection
We hear a lot about family breakdown but not much that throws light on
its true extent, or on the causes. A new study remedies that by
describing the parental relationship in terms of either “belonging” or
Parents challenged by cyberbullying
Cyberbullying. The New York Times has a whole series of long
articles about it. Evidently it is a problem we can’t ignore.
Dad, where r u?
Teens who are constantly texting are much more likely to have
experimented with sex, alcohol and drugs than those who don’t send as
many messages, a US study shows, And all this “risky behaviour” is
linked with -- you guessed it -- slack parents.
The real magic of family dinners
Monday was CASA Family Dinner Day in the United States and a report from
the research centre confirms the important role of family dinners in
keeping teenagers connected to their parents and free of substance
Teens and porn: a feminist’s worries
A British feminist is sounding the alarm about the effects on teenagers
of easy access to pornography, saying that a skewed view of sex is
becoming the norm in society and the idea of intimacy is dying.
Families gather around TV to do their own thing
Electronic media, once a force for togetherness as whole families
gathered around the radio or television, are now pulling families
apart, according to a report from the UK’s communication’s regulator,
Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com