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How To Outwit Your Teenager

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Preparing For Your Child’s First Kiss

May 20th, 2010 · 3 Comments

“Kissing leads to touching. Touching leads to grandchildren.”
This sweet little quote was posted on Facebook by a 12-year-old that my son has a crush on. I know her mother and I can almost hear her saying that to her daughter. Good to see that some children listen to their parents!
I’m assuming it’s because the daughter [...]

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Tags: Relationships · Uncategorized · sex

Girls Control The Boy Puppets

May 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

On the weekend I learned that girls determine the pairings when you’re 12 or 13 and wearing your relationship trainer wheels.
A 12-year-old boy, on the sideline of my son’s rugby match, filled me in on the gameplay. Apparently the boys stand there like naive ducks, hoping a girl (any girl) will like them. The girls [...]

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Tags: Body Image · Relationships · Self-esteem · sex · social media

Facebook Stalking

May 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Above: Nona Belomesoff, 18, of Cecil Hills is missing after meeting up with Facebook strangers. Source
A teenage girl disappeared on Wednesday, May 12 after meeting up with two men she was introduced to on Facebook, according to news reports. Nona Belomesoff allegedly met her new Facebook friends at Leumeah in Sydney’s south-west and hasn’t been [...]

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Tags: Media · Strangers · social media

Communicate Or Be Damned!

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments

According to an article in The New York Times, technology is being prioritised over family life in many American households.
“Mr. Gude wakes at around 6 a.m. to check his work e-mail and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The two boys, Cole and Erik, start each morning with text messages, video games and Facebook.”
As I [...]

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Tags: Education · Parental Bonding · Relationships · Rules · Technology

Yes, Teenagers Don’t Tweet

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Source: Mashable
I am a mad Tweeter and my teenage son thinks I’m a loser. Maybe he’s right. Social media is a huge commitment that I feel guilty neglecting.
My son and his friends are big on Facebook, but he can’t see the value in sending out tiny messages to people he doesn’t know or care about [...]

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Tags: Puberty · Technology · Uncategorized

Use Youtube To Tell Your Teenagers About Iran

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s never been so easy to spread the word about an injustice – even when the tyranny is occurring in a country with a government that chooses to control what the rest of the world sees, hears or reads about it.
Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, bloggers have cut across the secrecy in Iran as protesters have filmed [...]

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Tags: Education · Media · Technology · Violence

What If That Was Your Child Being Bullied?

June 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Vision of teenage girls kicking and punching each other was splashed across the commercial news channels last night. Another child had captured the action on her mobile phone and reported the incident.
No parent could view that footage without feeling the chill of ‘what if’. What if that was my child?
For the first time [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education · Media · Violence

Can You Spy & Discuss Without Letting On?

May 26th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s easier than at any other time in history to find out what our teenagers are doing, thinking, feeling. As a teenager, I had a locked diary that I wrote in each evening. I hid it under my bed and the key was safely locked away in a place that my parents wouldn’t discover.
My son [...]

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Tags: Media · Parental Bonding · Technology · sex

How Do We Convince Them To Use Condoms?

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Parents of teenagers wouldn’t have been shocked by Tara Brown’s story on 60 Minutes tonight about unprotected teenage sex. It’s been going on since time began and most of us did it too.
The reasons don’t appear to have changed either: just like my Dolly readers of 15 years ago, girls are still going along with [...]

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Tags: Media · Pregnancy · STDs · Technology · sex

Is Your Teenager Addicted To The Internet?

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve had to ban my teenage son from using the internet for a day while we’re on a family beach holiday.
The reason for the restraint? The first thing he does in the morning is log on to the internet. The last thing he does before going to bed at night? The internet. In between, he [...]

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Tags: Addiction · Rules · Self-esteem · Technology