Commemorate ANZAC Day by baking some ANZAC biscuits. Taste.com.au has a recipe.
A recent survey by Plan International revealed that 51% of teenage girls said they felt pressured to send sexual photos of themselves and share them online. While 82% of girls felt that it was inappropriate of their boyfriends to ask for such photos, they felt pressured to do it anyway. Once you post something online you can never delete it! If you don't feel comfortable doing something, don't do it. You don't have to give in to porn-inspired popular culture. Be true to you. Source tenplay.com.au
Divorce affects many families. Kidshealth.org has a useful article for teenagers who are dealing with divorce. Many kids and teenagers feel responsible for their parents' divorce but it is never your fault! It can be a very stressful time with parents bickering, changes in living arrangements, financial situation and perhaps legal action with custody battles etc.
Kidshealth.org suggests that you:
* see a therapist or counsellor if you need to;
* talk to your parents about your concerns;
* try to keep your normal routine the same, for example, sporting commitments, music lessons, hanging out with friends etc (this can be difficult when you're living between two houses);
* take care of yourself - get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat right.
For more information see the article at Kidshealth.org.
The Think You Know website has some really good information about protecting your online reputation. Once something has been posted online you can never delete it. Even if you take it down you have no idea how many people have copied or shared it. I loved their advice that if you wouldn't show something to your grandparents then you shouldn't share it online. They also have some useful guides on various Social Media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat.
Justice King is the 2016 Queensland finalist for Young Australian of the Year. At just 17 she has been busy promoting suicide awareness, contributing to the RUOK Campaign and driving the Suckers for Suicide campaign for three years selling lollipops to raise funds for youth organisations. Justice is proof that you don't have to wait until you finish school, or get a degree, or turn thirty to make a difference.
The Center for Young Women's Health has a useful article in their Teen Talk newsletter on how to help a friend who is self-harming - you can find it here. There is also a link to information about self-harming. The Website has lots of information related to young women's health - including anxiety, sexual health, diet, exercise and eating disorders. It is American so some of the information is not relevant in Australia.
Reword is a tool that can be downloaded on any computer or device and inserts a red line through any insults as they are typed. This encourages the person typing to rethink what they have written. Online bullying is not cool and has driven some teenagers to end their own lives. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
It's nice to be in a relationship but there are also advantages when you're not.
1. You can wear your favourite tracky dacks (tracksuit pants).
2. You have control of the remote - Vampire Diaries marathon.
3. You can hang out with your girlfriends guilt free.
4. There's more time to work on that big Economics assignment.
5. You don't have to watch footy and video games all weekend.
6. You can go shopping and try on as many shoes and dresses as you want without all the yawning in the background.
7. You don't have to brush your hair.
8. You can dance around your bedroom singing loudly (and badly) in your flannel pyjamas etc.
9. You can take up a new sport or hobby - netball, ice skating, photography, cake decorating...
10. You don't have to share that family block of chocolate.