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Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: How do we help young people to pray?: Joel Goodlet has written a great blog on the need to stop sending out the invitation to ‘try prayer’ and find a way instead to encourage our young people to devote themselves to prayer. Hugh Hefner Wrecked My Life. . . Sort […]

Tens of thousands of UK teenagers neglected at home, report says

Survey of year 10 pupils suggests one in seven experience some form of neglect, risking their physical and emotional health. A survey commissioned by the Children’s Society found that one in seven 14- and 15-year-olds had experienced at least one form of neglectful parenting, the equivalent of three to four students in every year 10 classroom. Emotional […]

Living with a teenage stranger

If you aren’t a parent of teenagers but work with teenagers take 5 minutes to read this column on living with a teenage stranger to understand the challenges parents face: I am mother to a teenager – a role I was naively looking forward to because it was never going to be too hard. After all […]

UK teenagers’ hopes and fears

A brilliant article in The Guardian by five teenagers on the challenges they face, and the good parts of belonging to ‘Generation K’: Jodie wrote: Growing up through the financial crisis, I do worry about whether I’ll have a job or a house when I’m 25, or be able to have a family, but I also […]

Teenagers do the most amazing things!

Teenagers do the most amazing things! In this TED Talk Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive — all before his 16th birthday – something none of the pharmaceutical companies had managed to develop. [youtube id=”g-ycQufrgK4″ width=”580″ height=”337″]

Ofcom’s Children’s Media Use and Attitudes Report 2015

The 10th Ofcom report on ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report‘ has just been published. This report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged […]

Millennials Selfies: young adults will take more than 25,000 selfies in their lifetime!

Millennials average 9 selfies per week, spending an average of seven minutes perfecting each one before posting. That’s adds up to about 54 hours per year spent on taking & posting selfies according to this report in the International Business Times: A recent survey from Luster Premium White, a teeth whitening brand based in Boston, […]

Teenagers and media – a infographic of the last 20 years

It’s amazing to see how much youth engagement with media has changed in just the last 20 years.  Check out this infographic for more:

Mighty Shining Warriors – Shine weekend away for girls aged 11-18

Every girl should have the opportunity to release her inner warrior! Shine is a weekend conference for girls aged 11 – 18 that is full of love, life and laughter, but recognises that every girl is different too. This looks like a great weekend which will challenge some of the worldly issues that teenage girls face every […]

Heartbreaking – suicide is now the biggest killer of teenage girls

Suicide has become the leading killer of teenage girls, worldwide. Take a moment to read this article to find out why: Towards the end of last year, a shocking statistic appeared deep in the pages of a World Health Organisation report. It was this: suicide has become the leading killer of teenage girls, worldwide. More girls aged […]

Impulsive teenagers more prone to heavy drinking

An interesting article on research from the University of Liverpool that has shown that young people who show more impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age: The research suggests that targeting personality traits, such as impulsivity, could potentially be a successful intervention in preventing adolescent drinking from developing into problems with […]

75% of homeless youth use Facebook and Twitter

A recent study found that 75% of homeless young people use social networks to stay connected to others – a number comparable to that of university and college students. The study, led by the University of Alabama’s Rosanna Guadagno, surveyed 237 college and 65 homeless young people that were an average of 19 years old. […]