Tweens to Teens

How to raise your digital citizen

John Parsons talks to Waikato schoolchildren in March about keeping themselves safe online. The key, he says, is ...

Trying to protect children by sheltering them will not work. So what will?

'Helping one child helps future generations'

Blenheim couple Rebecca Todd and Matt Bergman provide short-term and emergency care for children and teenagers placed ...

Some children sent to Child, Youth and Family caregivers don't know what an apple is, or how to use a fork.

Talking to girls about sex

We shouldn't make the mistake of trying to protect our children's innocence by maintaining their ignorance, writes Kasey ...

OPINION: We shouldn't try to protect our children's innocence by maintaining their ignorance.

Teenager's quake effort

Blenheim teenager Meg Lamb, front in white jersey and hat, with her volunteer group in Ecuador.

A Blenheim teenager is part of a volunteer group rallying to support quake-hit communities in Ecuador.

Is Beckham the new Bieber?

Cruz Beckham shows off his talents in a video clip posted by mum, Victoria.

Posh and Becks' 11-year-old boy Cruz shows he's got flow.

Ivy League beckons for Hamilton teen video

Former Hamilton Boys' High School head prefect Soumil Singh is spoilt for choice when it comes to US university options. ...

Soumil Singh has been accepted to four prestigious US universities. What did his parents do to help his success?

'I love jeans, my daughter loves tulle'

"My daughter sprang from the womb loving all that I hate and hating all that I love."

OPINION: My daughter sprang from the womb loving all that I hate and hating all that I love.

'I ate 40 teaspoons of sugar a day'

Damon Gameau

Damon Gameau went on an "extreme" sugar experiment, but eating only "healthy" foods.

Teenager off to Harvard

Ellie Spurlock, 16, goes to Harvard University, in the United States, for a summer school later this year.

Ellie Spurlock has been accepted onto a summer school programme at Harvard University.

Mum takes on messy teens

Alice Velasquez collected her daughter's things to sell back to her at $25 a bag.

Fed up with her daughters' messy room, Alice Velasquez came up with a interesting solution.

Thankful kids are less greedy

Materialism can be curbed with a simple series of gratitude exercises, a study has found.

A new study has found that materialism in teens can be curbed with a simple series of gratitude exercises.

Teen left scarred by mobile phone

This teenager was allegedly burned while using a phone plugged into a charger.

US mum gave her 13-year-old daughter a phone for Christmas. Now, the teen has second degree burns.

Old-fashioned Sticky TV provides genuine fun

With flash wardrobes and an impressive set, The Adam and Eve Show appears to have put away truly childish things.

REVIEW: Would you Adam and Eve It? Mediaworks comes up trumps in the battle of the after-school shows

Why teen girls roll their eyes

What does the dramatic eye roll   mean?

When it comes to teenage girls, a lot can be said from a carefully timed eye-roll. 

'Make streets safe for our kids to foot it' video

OPINION: Enough with the excuses. The real reason parents are driving their kids to school is we're plain lazy.

'Not OK for boys to dress like girls'

Austin Lacey was asked to remove his Princess Elsa costume after his school principal told him it was too distracting.

US teen has a bit of fun with an Elsa costume for his school's spirit day but his principal wasn't amused.

'I want to go home to die' video

Phelicity Sneesby,13, of Ballina, New South Wales, who has a congenital heart defect.

Phelicity has spent much of her short life in hospital. She wants to come home to die.

New year, new school

Astra Ticehurst is starting at Marlborough Girls College this year.

"It's gonna be a big step up, but I'm looking forward to learning new things and meeting new friends."

Meet your new favourite tween

Marley Dias: "I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs."

"I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," says 11-year-old on a mission to make a difference.

'No incentive to work'

A low wage worker says there is no incentive to get off the benefit.

Working solo mum only $34 better off a week since she got a job.

Mum knits herself a new 'son'

Marieke Voorsluijs and her knitted son.

She was sick of her children growing up too fast, so devised a cuddly - and slightly creepy - solution.

Mum's final letter to her young daughter

McManamy passed away this week, leaving her final note.

"Please tell Brianna stories, so she knows how much I love her and how proud of her I will always be (and make me sound waaay cooler than I am)".

Different rules for gay teens?

Do the same house rules apply for same-sex relationships?

Do the same house rules apply if your teen daughter has a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend?

Tattoo of transgender son transformed

Steve Peace has made lovely work of the transformation.

Tattoo artist alters a mini-portrait of his daughter - which he etched on his wife 10 years ago - to now reflect a boy.

Shame on the slut-shamers

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shared a sweet family pic on Facebook, and the stupid comments instantly rolled in.

Gordon Ramsay's daughters should be allowed to wear their sparkly mini-skirts with pride.

Porn not for kids - therapist

It might frighten parents to think their young children are exposed to porn online, but it's a reality in today's ...

A New Zealand sex therapist says we should talk to our kids about porn, but not let them watch it.

Kids, we need to talk porn

It might frighten parents to think their young children are exposed to porn online, but it's a reality in today's ...

Parents often underestimate their child's exposure to porn online.

When sex education goes too far

Do you know what they are looking at, all the time?

Would you give your pre-teen or teen access, with some restrictions, to porn on their smartphone?

Beware of the 'BFF' mother

Where do you draw the line between mother and friend?

OPINION: The teacher who claims today's mums are damaging their daughters by trying to be best friends is right.

Cheerleader cut for having curly hair

Mikayla Fallow, 11, and mum Jenny express their disappointment over the dispute with Woodlands Elite Cheer Company.

Eleven-year-old dropped from her beloved squad for not straightening her naturally curly hair for an upcoming competition.

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