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And partners recommend actions to improve adolescent health. Theconversation. Good sleep is essential for our mental well-being.


Just one night of disturbed sleep can leave us feeling cranky, flat, worried, or sad the next day. 10 things girls need in order to grow up strong and independent, according to a parenting expert. In a day and age where women are still forced to stage marches in every major city across the world to campaign for gender equality, how are parents supposed to ensure their daughters grow up to be strong, independent and confident young women who never feel inferior?

10 things girls need in order to grow up strong and independent, according to a parenting expert

Parenting expert and child psychologist Steve Biddulph has shared his thoughts in a new book 10 Things Girls Need Most to Grow up Strong and Free. According to the Australian, these are: a secure and loving start, the time to be a child, friendship skills, the respect and love of a father, a spark, aunties, a happy and healthy sexuality, a backbone, feminism and spirit. When deciding on the 10 components, Biddulph reflected on things that research show to be strengthening of girls’ development as well as working back after talking to women about what they felt harmed their childhood and development.

(Harper Collins) “It [feminism] matters because often a girl individualises,” Biddulph says. Theconversation. What leads to success in school?


Recent research suggests success is partly driven by character skills. Health literacy in childhood and youth: a systematic review of definitions and models. Dimensions of health literacy for children and young people in the 21 models Health literacy in children and young people is described in the literature as comprising variable sets of key dimensions – clusters of related abilities, skills, commitments, and knowledge that enable a person to approach health information competently and effectively and to derive at health-promoting decisions and actions.

Health literacy in childhood and youth: a systematic review of definitions and models

This section provides an overview of the inductive content analysis which reveals the important aspects of health literacy in children and young people (Table 5). It also offers a meta-perspective of health literacy in children and young people that enables comparison between different aspects. As the retrieved dimensions are diverse and overlapping, classification was challenging. Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils. Image copyright iStock An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices. And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it. The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Among the pupils: 82% felt meal times should be device-free 22% said the use of mobiles stopped their families enjoying each other's company36% had asked their parents to put down their phones. Parents make a big difference just by talking. Image copyright Getty Images The OECD has produced an international study of well-being and how young people feel about their lives.

Parents make a big difference just by talking

The think tank's education director Andreas Schleicher explains how much positive impact can come from simple changes such as parents taking time to talk to their children and eating a meal together. Perhaps the most distressing threat to student well-being is bullying, and it can have serious consequences for the victim, the bully and bystanders. Resources - Association for Young People's Health. Association for Young People's Health Resources Here are some of the recent resources that AYPH has produced.

Resources - Association for Young People's Health

Teenagers on loneliness: ‘We want to talk to our parents. We need their guidance’ To the average concerned adult, the “epidemic” of teenage loneliness currently sweeping the land is exemplified by a lone teen, probably dressed in black, school marks plummeting, lifeless eyes glued to Snapchat or some other social media site, mind unhinged by online pornography, ambitions nil.

Teenagers on loneliness: ‘We want to talk to our parents. We need their guidance’

The bit about Snapchat might be true. The rest, though, are questionable stereotypes, extrapolated into facts. First, the epidemic, widely reported in the media over recent months. In January, MPs launched the “loneliness commission”, which had initially been set up by Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered in June 2016. Soon after, the counselling service Relate released figures suggesting that today’s teenagers are the loneliest generation yet – a finding that a recent report by London’s King’s College seems to support. But a closer look at the studies immediately reveals inconsistencies. The problem begins with a mismatch between adult perception and teenage reality. It's good to talk: pupils gather for world's largest mental health lesson. “Talking about mental health does not make you weak,” the world’s largest mental health lesson has been told.

It's good to talk: pupils gather for world's largest mental health lesson

Til Wykes, a clinical psychologist, told an audience of more than 500 13-18-year-olds from around the country: “We want to get people to come to treatment early because if they come early, they recover faster and they recover better.” The event on Tuesday at Hackney Empire in east London, compered by the 4Music presenter Maya Jama, was designed to teach children and young people about what mental health is, how to protect it and deal with problems when they arise. Officially recognised as the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever mental health lesson, with 538 young people present, the hope is that it also raises general awareness about the issue among young people and helps combat the stigma surrounding it.

Economist. “IT’S all to do with their brains and bodies and chemicals,” says Sir Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, a posh English boarding school.


“There’s a mentality that it’s not cool for them to perform, that it’s not cool to be smart,” suggests Ivan Yip, principal of the Bronx Leadership Academy in New York. One school charges £25,000 ($38,000) a year and has a scuba-diving club; the other serves subsidised lunches to most of its pupils, a quarter of whom have special needs. Yet both are grappling with the same problem: teenage boys are being left behind by girls. It is a problem that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. Until the 1960s boys spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. The reversal is laid out in a report published on March 5th by the OECD, a Paris-based rich-country think-tank.

Schools to trial happiness lessons for eight-year-olds. Eight-year-old children will be given lessons on happiness and teenagers will be instructed on combating anxiety and suicidal thoughts under government projects due to be trialled. The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting bidders for multimillion-pound contracts to offer mental health training in more than 200 schools. Typical mindfulness lessons will reportedly encourage children to think of disturbing thoughts as “buses” that will move away, and they will be given questionnaires on bullying and friends. It is the latest attempt by Theresa May’s team to tackle what she called in January the “burning injustice of mental health and inadequate treatment that demands a new approach”. An estimated 10% of children suffer a diagnosable mental health condition and mental illness is costing about £105bn each year. “The development of the character of children is an incredibly important issue,” said Layard, who is also a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Methodological considerations and impact of school-based interventions on objectively measured physical activity in adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Borde - 2017 - Obesity Reviews. Theconversation. Forget about mindfulness and clean eating – at a time when we appear to be experiencing rising levels of anxiety, narcissism and unhappiness, existentialism may be the philosophy to adopt to improve your mental well-being. Existentialist philosophy explores what it means to be human, what it means to be happy and what it means to be oneself. Theconversation. For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame.

My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ use of social media and depression. After its launch in 2004, the social networking website Facebook rapidly expanded to global coverage. Since the advent of smartphones, instant messaging sites such as WhatsApp have become the most popular means of communication for younger people, who spend much of their lives fixated on digital devices, oblivious to everything around them. Research, relevance and respect: Co-creating a guide about involv...: Ingenta Connect. Abstract: Although children and young people in schools should be asked for their informed consent to participate in research, they rarely have a say in what research takes place in their school. We draw upon debates about youth participation in research to explore young people's preferences about their involvement in research and how they want to be treated by researchers.

To do so, we reflect on the process of co-creating a guide for involving young people in social research with a Student Research Committee and their teacher; this involved group discussions, ranking exercises and other interactive sessions that generated ideas about the preferences of the young people about participating in research. Overall, the involvement of young people in all stages of the research process will enhance what they get out of participating and the extent to which they feel their voices have been heard. Scottish schools 'lacking' mental health provision. Image copyright Thinkstock A lack of mental health provision for young people in Scotland is leaving them in distress and at serious risk, according to key children's charities. The Scottish Children's Services Coalition, said urgent action was needed to improve support.

Scotland is the only UK country with no national strategy for school-based counselling services. The Scottish government said some health boards had a "long way to go" on mental health provision. 'I put myself in standby mode': what makes a survivor? Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study. Most human misery can be blamed on failed relationships and physical and mental illness rather than money problems and poverty, according to a landmark study by a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE). Eliminating depression and anxiety would reduce misery by 20% compared to just 5% if policymakers focused on eliminating poverty, the report found.

Jeremy Hunt proposes ban on sexting for under-18s. Under-18s should be prevented by social media companies from texting sexually explicit images, the health secretary has said. Giving evidence to the Commons health committee on suicide prevention efforts, Jeremy Hunt also called for a crackdown on cyberbullying by the technology industry via the introduction of software that can detect when it is happening. Hunt said social media firms needed to do more combat the culture of online intimidation and sexual imagery, which is having a negative impact on the mental health of young people. “I think social media companies need to step up to the plate and show us how they can be the solution to the issue of mental ill health amongst teenagers, and not the cause of the problem,” he said.

“There is a lot of evidence that the technology industry, if they put their mind to it, can do really smart things. Tens of thousands of UK teenagers neglected at home, report says. Theconversation. When ChildLine launched on October 30, 1986 as a phoneline for “children in trouble or danger”, it received 55,000 calls on its first night. The volume was unexpected and at first overwhelmed the social workers and volunteers manning the phones at the London switchboard. The freephone number 0800 1111 was launched on the BBC programme Childwatch, produced and presented by Esther Rantzen, and followed revelations about adults’ experiences of sexual abuse as children. A survey for the BBC show That’s Life! Had collected 3,000 responses, 90% from women, detailing abuse within the family home and by strangers, and the lack of public or institutional support available for children.

Yet 30 years on, and despite ChildLine’s ongoing work, recent reports suggest British children are among the unhappiest in the world. NHS figures show 'shocking' rise in self-harm among young. The number of children and young people self-harming has risen dramatically in the past 10 years, new NHS figures obtained by the Guardian show. The sharp upward trend in under-18s being admitted to hospital after poisoning, cutting or hanging themselves is more pronounced among girls, though there have been major rises among boys, too. Experts say the rise is “shocking” confirmation that more young people are experiencing serious psychological distress because they are under unprecedented social pressures.

The number of girls under 18 who have needed hospital treatment after poisoning themselves has gone up from 9,741 in 2005-06 to 13,853 – a rise of 42% – figures collated by NHS Digital show. The numbers of boys ingesting a poisonous substance have stayed almost unchanged; 2,234 did so in 2005-06 and 2,246 did so in 2014-15. However, the number of girls treated as inpatients after cutting themselves has almost quadrupled over the same period, from 600 to 2,311 – a 385% rise. Theconversation. Parent-based interventions for preventing or reducing adolescent substance use - A systematic literature review. Theconversation. GetSharedSiteSession?rc=4&redirect= The largest generation of adolescents and young people in human history (1.8 billion) demands more attention and action. 'England could learn a lot from the Scottish government’s efforts to close the achievement gap'

Tony Blair famously pronounced that his government’s top priorities on coming to power in 1997 were "education, education, education" – a welcome mantra that brought additional resources into schools and kept them in the headlines for many years. Sir Michael Barber has written about how education ministers and officials had to make regular presentations on schools’ progress to the prime minister. Now Nicola Sturgeon has made education the top policy priority for her government in Scotland and has bolstered this by moving the deputy first minister, John Swinney, from finance to education. Systematic review: Stanley N, Ellis J, Farrelly N, Hollinghurst S, & Downe S. (2015). Preventing domestic abuse for children and young people: A review of school-based interventions. Children and Youth Services Review, 59, 120-131.

Social and Emotional Education and Development. Inspiring video series for all parents of teens.

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