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Advice Related Stories in the MediaWill your teen succumb to risky behaviors during summer vacation? Adolescence is a period of high risk when kids are especially vulnerable to peer pressure to engage in alcohol and substance abuse and other risky behaviors. During the long Summer vacation, the “heat is on” even more. Is there anything you can do to protect your teen? Try this short quiz and tips from a top prevention expert ...More from Internet Wire
'Modern art made me blue'. Could studying modern art actually make you vulnerable to mental illness? One man believes it is the root of his problems ...More from the BBC
Truancy mother: 'Prison woke me up'. The British mother jailed for failing to curb her children's truancy says she deserved to be imprisoned and now accepts her responsibilities ...More from the BBC
Busy parents add to teenage angst. Parents who do not make time for their children risk turning them into teenage delinquents, a study says ...More from the BBC
When games stop being fun. Dennis Bennett was failing his college classes, his marriage was in trouble, and he wasn't being much of a father to his 1-year-old son. But he had progressed to Level 58 as Madrid, the Great Shaman of the North ...More from CNET News.com
'Dogs in class can help pupil behaviour'. Austrian research has found school pupils behaviour and attendance can be improved by having a dog in class. A five-month study found teachers can use the incentive of the pet to get young children to concentrate. Another benefit found by researchers of the Institute for Human-Animal Research was an increase in attendance, because pupils wanted to see the dog every day ...More from Ananova
Lessons suffer as more teachers take on pupils' problems. Two-thirds of teachers are doubling up as counsellors to pupils, a new survey shows. Half also think that being a shoulder to cry on has a negative impact on their lessons. 56% of those who regularly counselled pupils said it was affecting their teaching and 29% said it ate into their lesson preparation time ...More from Ananova
Pupils told how knot to behave. Pupils at a troubled school have improved their behaviour after a clampdown on how to knot their ties. New head teacher Paul Edwards demanded that children ignore the current trend of sporting their ties in a short, fat style ...More from the BBC
UK fruit machine ban to curb child gamblers. Fruit machines will be banned in fish and chip shops and high street cafés as part of the biggest shake-up of gambling laws for over 30 years ...More from the Times
Our worst nightmare. Observer journalist Oliver Owen thought his 10-year-old daughter was playing an innocent game on her computer. But when her schoolwork began to suffer, he discovered the sinister reality of her new internet friends ...More from the Observer
Once in school, they'll learn to hate each other. In theory, prejudice has no place in the classroom. In practice, according to a new UK study, that is precisely where it breeds... More from the Guardian
Online Therapy Isn't Shrinking. Going online to get help with your personal problems is gaining popularity. But critics say the mental health industry would do well to slow down... More from Wired News
UK Education Secretary David Blunkett says violent pupils should be permanently expelled from schools. "I am considering changing the advice and guidance to independent panels to indicate that where there has been violence or the threat of violence it is inappropriate for those youngsters to be thrown back into the same school." - David Blunkett, quoted in The Times... More from What The Papers Say and The Guardian
Problems and Advice
Bullying and StressOne of the major problems with bullying, and in fact all things stressful, is that children often find it extremely difficult to tell anyone about the issue. They feel that they would not be much help anyway, that they should be able to deal with it by themselves. The truth is that if they involve teachers and parents at an early stage then quite often the problem is solved before it gets any worse. Visit the links below for help and advice...
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Smoking, Drugs and AlcoholHealth Education: Passive smoking can kill your cat. American researchers claim to have discovered that passive smoking affects felines as much as it does human beings, and hope that endangering the family pet might help addicts kick the habit ...More from the Times
Teens Earn $10,000 (approx. £6,500) To Keep Peers Away From Smoking. Fourteen-year-old Stephanie Cook feels strongly that kids should not smoke - so strongly that she is teaming with her school to reach hundreds of fellow students with "Teens Kicking Butts," a program she developed to educate her peers about not smoking ...More from Internet Wire
UK school experiments with pupils' smoking area. A school in Chester set up a smoking area for pupils to try to encourage them to stop. Pupils at Christleton High School in Chester are allowed to smoke behind the sports hall. The school says it wants to help pupils who admit to smoking during school time ...More from Ananova
University launches course on smoking. The University of Florida is running a course on smoking. The course, titled Epidemiology and health issues of tobacco addiction, has been set up for students with an interest in a medical career. The online course deals with the history, effects and social impact of smoking and claims to be the first of its kind ...More from Ananova
Cancer Research Campaign supports scheme to give nicotine patches to UK 12 year-old smokers. CRC and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund will trial the scheme at The Zone, a youth project in a deprived area of Nottingham, reports The Telegraph. "Kids can easily get hold of cigarettes," says the trial co-ordinator, "but can't obtain the NRT that might help them give up" ...More from What The Papers Say
Biotechnology company Xenova trials anti-smoking vaccine. TA-NIC, a vaccine for the treatment of nicotine addiction, "will be tested on 50 smokers and 10 non-smokers," says Telegraph science editor Roger Highfield, "and works by 'mopping up' nicotine before it reaches the brain where it triggers addiction responses" ...More from What The Papers Say
Welsh council allow school pupils to smoke in playground. Greenhill Special School, which has "severe behavioural problems," has made the controversial decision "to help run the school smoothly," says The Telegraph. In an unrelated story elsewhere in the paper, David Sapsted reports that a 15-year-old boy in Haverhill "needed treatment for shock after being locked in a police cell for five hours because his teacher caught him writing on a desk". And The Sun goes to Gloucester Primary in Peckham, where three Russian teachers are about to be joined by six Bulgarians in an effort to deal with a chronic staff shortage ...More from What The Papers Say
Drugs, smoking and alcohol are all major killers, particularly in the west. The general view now is that if children do not start in the first place, then the "prevention rather than cure" rule applies. This is where teachers and parents can have an influence on children and whether they start or not...
Don't bottle it upRemember, don't be afraid to ask for help and share your problem. You might not think so, but there are many people who have had your problem in the past and many people who know how to deal with it. Good luck :)