23 Jun 2012
News to Novels #22
Binge-drinking, underage sex, drugs and even thoughts of suicide: Inside the secret life of teenage girls
Today's teenage girls come under pressure to grow up faster than ever before. Last month the Home Secretary ordered a review into whether girls are being sexualities through fashion, music and computer games, but how many parents are aware of the social and sexual pressures their daughters face? The latest disturbing statistics show that more than 60 per cent of girls have had sex under the age of 16. Meanwhile, online experts CyberSentinel says that 17 hours of the average teenage week are spent browsing the web for topics such as diets, cosmetic surgery and soft pornography, or chatting on social networking sites and MSN instant messenger, where a quarter of girls regularly talk to strangers. They are alarming statistics for any parent, but what do the girls themselves have to say? With the permission of their parents, RACHEL PORTER asked seven girls, aged 12 to 14, what it's really like being on the cusp of adulthood in Britain today...
Two cars he's too young to drive, a jet ski, and £20,000 blown on his birthday ... is this Britain's most spoilt teenager?
The economic downturn hasn't affected plans for Jordan Smith's forthcoming 17th birthday one iota. Despite being a plain old carpentry student, the teenager is anticipating a lavish celebration in May, with his doting mother Suzanne Dickenson proudly admitting that she has spent £20,000 on gifts. 'I'm buying him a new, customised Vauxhall Corsa,' she says, 'and I've promised him a shopping trip to New York afterwards. I'm also going to build a log cabin next to our house. It will be good for him to have somewhere private to hang out.'
How to be a good parent: a teenager's guide
Dealing with moody teenagers is a problem all parents experience. But now a 16-year-old student is here to help. Ellie Ward, who prefers to be known by her pseudonym Jelly Ellie, has just landed a publishing deal for her parenting book How Teenagers Think.
Here, Ellie, who lives in Surrey with her parents, Louise, 38, an accountant, and Peter, 43, an IT contractor, tells Femail what parents are doing wrong...
Teenager who was bullied for being 'fat and ugly' has last laugh as she reaches final in modelling contest
A teenager told yesterday how she triumphed over school bullies who branded her 'fat' and drove her to bulimia - after making the finals of a national modelling contest. Pretty brunette Emily Cooper, 19, was bullied remorselessly in school by gangs of girls both in the playground and on social networking site Bebo.
The red leather diary: Journal from a lost world
After discovering a discarded diary, writer Lily Koppel unlocked the life of a teenager growing up in New York in the 1930s – and tracked her down in the 21st century.