Young people aged 10-15 are 'no longer children, not yet adults'. These years are fraught with change physically, socially, academically, psychologically and emotionally. To better navigate this critical period in adolescent development, find out some principles and practical strategies to understand, motivate, challenge and engage with age group in learning and in life.
What are some of the messages that our boys are internalising about how they should behave and their roles in society? Dr Justin Coulson encourages us to reconsider how we interact with boys, model the respect we want to see, and give them the opportunity to show kindness and empathy to others.
Knowing that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness among children and young people, what can we do to better support those with the condition? Should children be taught about anxiety? Find out strategies that can help children cope with anxiety, what parents can do and where to find further resources and support.
How early can Asperger's Syndrome be diagnosed, what are some of the mental health challenges 'Aspies' face growing up and what to make of their strong interest in gaming? In this brief interview, Professor Tony Attwood sums up the challenges of diagnosis, achieving positive mental health and how to manage compulsive gaming.
Resilience is the new buzz word and schools are rushing to adopt programs and methods that build resilience, but how are we faring? Andrew Fuller discusses effective strategies to build resilience in schools, where we can do better and the key challenge facing young people and schools today.
Our culture of heightened consumerism comes at a cost to our wellbeing and connection with each other. Science has shown that particularly with the young there is a causal link between low self-esteem and materialism. In early adolescence the stage is set for the use of material possessions as a coping strategy for feelings of low self-worth and marketers know it. What can we do to help kids get the best of our consumer society and avoid the real costs of having too much?
What is normal eating in teens? When does a focus on 'healthy eating' become an obsession and lead to disordered eating? Get a better understanding of the spectrum of normal eating through to eating disorders, and where dieting actually fits.
Prof Barbara Krahe will cover the risk factors for aggression and violence as a result of media violence. She will explore evidence from experimental and longitudinal studies of the links between violence exposure to aggression in the long run.
Scientists and mental health professionals are increasingly recognising that gaming addiction exists - but how many children does it affect? Douglas Gentile goes beyond the hype to examine the hard facts and figures of gaming.
Children that have been sexually abused exhibit particular characteristics in their drawings - here are some of the warning signs to look out for. Presented by Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs (1930 - 2016).