Posts Tagged ‘Teenagers’

Choosing to believe Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

“You believe in God? Jesus!” The irony was lost on my friend. The only funny thing he’d picked up on was that I could believe in God. I get it. As a leftie, organic pasta, and free-the-gay-whale type, people tend to think I’m atheist. At a stretch, I’m middle class enough to be a casual Buddhist Read more

Adoption “made my life more full” Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

It’s what they talk about in movies and soap operas; 15-years-old, Catholic and pregnant. The daughter of a well known policeman, to the son of a well known Catholic school principal. The shame. The embarrassment. The scandal. Well, that was me, the 15-year-old girl, and from the moment I snuck to the doctors to have Read more

Internet pornography has teens going R18 on sex questions Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

A study of what teenagers really want to know about sex has revealed anxiety about being “normal”, and the clear influence of internet pornography. Researchers from Family Planning put question boxes in sex education classes at five high schools across New Zealand last year. Students from years 9 to 12 were able to post their Read more

I’m glad my parents were hard on me Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

My mother used to say a phrase I’ll never forget. As a teenager, there were times that I would refuse to do as she asked, would stomp my feet in anger, or argue that she didn’t love me. But she would always reply, “Wait until you’re a mother and you’ll see why I worry about Read more

Coping with cyber-bullying Comments 0

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

What can be more painful to a parent than losing a child to suicide? The problem of cyberbullying was brought to national attention several years ago by the passing of 13-year-old Megan Meier, who committed suicide subsequent to cyberbullying by Lori Drew, the mother of another girl. Despite years of public campaigns and passage of Read more

Kiwi kids very spiritual – not to be confused with religion Comments 0

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The new deputy principal of Nga Tawa Diocesan School for Girls thinks New Zealand children are very spiritual beings. He said, for instance, New Zealand children were very in tune with their environment. “And this is not to be confused with religion, this is not about religion.” After studying in India Kannan came to Rotorua Read more

The facts about eating disorders Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Eating Disorders are among some of the most serious and challenging mental illnesses that affect our children and adolescents. Recent research suggeststhat up to 75% of adolescent girls view themselves as overweight or needing to lose weight and around a quarter of our teenagers are experimenting with dangerous dieting behaviour, such as taking laxatives and severely restricting Read more

Youthtown teenage survey has interesting findings for Church Comments 0

Friday, November 9th, 2012

In a return to old fashioned values, New Zealand youth are admiring skill, determination and achievement above wealth and fame. The most respected heroes and icons are Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Sir Edmund Hillary, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. Jesus and God are the highest ranking religious figures. Youthtown commissioned Point Research to perform Read more

Gone too soon — pre-teen suicide in NZ Comments 0

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

In the past few years a handful of children have deliberately taken their own lives, including one under 9. Kirsty Johnston reports on the unthinkable truth of pre-teen suicide. Krystal was 12 when she killed herself. The Auckland foster child had just had a violent argument with her 7-year-old sister over pocket money and both Read more

St. Bede’s College sponsored CanTeen run Comments 0

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

For the last few days, 20 St. Bede’s boys from years 9 to 13 have been on a sponsored CanTeen run from Haast, South Westland, to Christchurch, to raise money for the treatment of teenage cancer. They hope to raise more than $100,000. See more photographs The 20 boys and 5 staff and parents arrived Read more