Dealing with insults – 6 steps to help…

The best insult I ever had from a young person is far too graphic to write here. But it was brilliant!

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Maksym Bondarchuk

Brilliant because it eloquently focused on all the things he thought would hurt me most: my size, my accent and my job.

Anyone working with troubled young people will have had this happen. It’s part of the deal. So,…

How should we respond to verbal aggression?

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FREE webinars from NEARI Press…

NEARI PressFor those of you who aren’t familiar with NEARI Press, they provide excellent publications, courses and webinars in the field of sexual abuse – for both adults and children/young people.

To see the list of FREE webinars planned for this year – click here.

(I’ll be joining the one on the impact of pornography on youth culture)

I highly recommend signing up for their newsletter, which usually has a summary of a piece of research on HSB or related field – click here.

Enjoy!

Apps to help you help teenagers – No.5: KnowDrugs…

When I was a student. I spent a year working in street-based drugs project. What an eye-opener that was!

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Photo courtesy of ©123RF/Sereniy

Anyone seeking to help troubled young people is going to come across the drugs issue sooner or later.

Are you ready for it? How much do you know?

Here’s a way you can have great information at your finger tips…

The KnowDrugs App… 

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Under pressure – being a teenager today…

I’ve had a few things on my mind recently. I guess most of us are the same. There are usually a few things exercising our thinking on any given day…

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Photo courtesy ©123RF/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona

Young people, it seems, are no different. Why would they be?

What’s troubling the youth of today?…

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Apps to help you help troubled young people – No. 4… ZIPIT

Who would send an inappropriate picture of themselves to a journalist?

Well, it happens – a British member of parliament did it just recently!

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Photo courtesy of ©123RF/loganban

I’ve written before about the dangers and pressures young people can encounter online. The pressure to send indecent selfies is one.

How can we help young people resist this pressure?…

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Challenging behaviour – going back to the future…

“How do you feel when I do this?” A teenager once asked me.

He then pulled his hoody up over his hair and peered at me malevolently from under the hood.

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Photo courtesy ©123RF/Cole

He went on to explain that he used this pose as a way of keeping people at a distance.

Why does the past matter today?…

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Apps to help you help teenagers – No.2… WudU?

Engaging young people is tricky at times. But engaging them about sexual exploitation is another thing again!

But recent news stories like the Rotherham scandal illustrate just how important it is for us to try…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/picmov

But what can we – you and me – possibly do to stop scandals like Rotherham? Well, maybe harnessing the power of mobile technology will help? After all, young people today are the digital generation

An app to address Child Sexual Exploitation – really?…

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How to teach empathy to troubled teens: No.2

I like it when I feel that people understand me. Most of us do. Empathy is a wonderful thing!

People like this have a knack of putting us at ease and helping us to open up…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/JBryson

So what are the skills that empathic people have?

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How to teach empathy to troubled teens: No.1

Over the years I’ve produced dozens of worksheets for use with young people. Some work better than others.

But there are some things you can’t teach by just telling someone about it. Empathy is one of them.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto\ejwhite

When it comes to some of the more complex human qualities, there’s only one way to help teenagers develop them…

How to help troubled young people be more empathic…

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Teens & Technology…

It’s an embarrassing question; but have you ever asked a child for help with technology? Go on, admit it. I certainly have!

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/AntonioGuillem

My 14 year old son is my first point-of-call for everyday techy assistance.

According to new Ofcom research, 14-15 year olds are the most tech-savvy people in the UK.

The “Digital Generation”…

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