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The results were tragic.  One teenager killed, one injured and a 16-year-old boy charged with murder.[1]  According to police, it all started with a series of aggressive social media messages between two groups of teenagers.[2]What is it about social media that allows violence to escalate...

I am experiencing cyber-bullying, what can I do about it? A person who engages in cyberbullying often wants to make you feel isolated...

What is it? Community legal education is legal information provided to young people about legal issues that may affect them and impact their lives.  The purpose of community education is to equip a young person with knowledge and awareness so they can make effective decisions and...

Does cannabis cause mental health issues?This is a question often hotly debated.  People who frown on cannabis use cite examples of poorer mental health outcomes among people they know who use cannabis as evidence for why it should be banned.  People who use cannabis and...

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has recently released research into harm reduction and illicit drug use amongst young people. It makes for thought-provoking reading.  Compared to other age groups, young adults in the 18 – 24 age range are most likely to have used illicit drugs...

Bullying continues to have serious and disastrous consequence in the lives of our young people.  The West Australian on 25 June ran an article Grieving mums want changes to spare other the pain – calls for reform to end the curse of teen suicide. The article...

Stereotyping is easy.  It requires no thought, just bringing all our assumptions under one umbrella, mixing in our fear then making pronouncements with enough confidence they have an air of credibility.Stereotyping is common in youth crime.  Assumptions and judgements are made that young people are...

Introduction: Young Writers SpaceIt is great to introduce Haydn to readers. Haydn is a young person, who is an aspiring writer, and we are privileged to have him writing and sharing some of his experiences for other young people.Haydn has studied commerce at UWA, majoring in...

A recent article in the ABC was on the practice of editing pictures of ourselves before posting on social media[1].  The rise of body editing apps makes this infinitely easier and when combined with photo filters, the result is …. well, a photo of me...

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