Helping Teens Navigate Peer Pressure: 5 Quick Tips

Teens are likely to face scenarios where they feel pressured or cajoled by friends to try something they don’t want to do. Watch this short video to learn five simple and effective ways to help them navigate peer pressure.

Teen Party Planning and Problem Parties: A Lawyer’s Perspective

In this webinar, Dr Weston and experienced criminal defence lawyer, Harriett Mather, (herself a mum of three teens) discuss teen parties.
Post-pandemic, parties are understandably back in fashion, but it is essential that parents understand how to plan for them effectively and safely. Harriett understands all too well what can go wrong at parties and shares her top tips, so that teens and parents can enjoy festivities without fear of regret, harm or… liability!

Children’s Books about Loneliness or Isolation

This list of books for children and tweens all feature characters dealing with situations where they feel lonely or isolated and who deal with their emotions by going on adventures, finding new friends and expressing themselves in a variety of ingenious ways. If your child is lonely, or you think that they might be, these stories can help to kickstart conversations about how they are feeling and things they can do to help. They may also help them to understand that feeling lonely sometimes is very common and that they aren’t alone.

Social Scripts for Getting Along Better

When we want to encourage children to get along better in class, it can sometimes help to have a little script that can help them to navigate scenarios at school. Ask children to use these sentence starters throughout the week. Did they prove useful? What other phrases can they come up with that are easy to say?

Classroom Friendship Charter

This template is designed for use in primary classrooms. Have a class discussion and encourage pupils to develop a set of values around friendship, using the prompts given. Display it with pride to remind children what being a good friend really means.

Yay or No Way! The Friendship Quiz

This quiz is great for use in RSE lessons, or at home, to encourage children to consider the qualities that make someone a good friend, articulate what makes them happy or sad in interactions with others and help them to cultivate a sense of respect for their peers.

10 Strategies for Making Friends (in Environments Where You Don’t Know Anyone)

Walking into a room where you don’t know anyone can be hard for both children and adults. When you don’t feel confident about approaching others, not knowing anyone can feel like an awkward and uncomfortable experience. Here are 10 quick tips for breaking the ice with new people. They can be used by both adults and children of all ages and can spark a family discussion about making social connections.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Robin Banerjee: Transition, Peer Relationships, Kindness and Success – Rethinking Wellbeing

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Robin Banerjee about the connections between peer relationships, kindness and wellbeing, especially at points of transition or change in our children’s lives. They discuss initiatives to help prioritise wellbeing at the point of entry to secondary school and university, consider systemic social changes that might be needed to really promote wellbeing and chew the fat on how to ensure that young people feel empowered to form positive social connections.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor William Pickett and Professor Wendy Craig: Social Media Use and Cyberbullying

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Canadian researchers Professor William Pickett and Professor Wendy Craig about their findings linking intense and problematic social media use with cyberbullying, particularly for girls. They discuss the findings of their research and give advice to parents on how to educate children about digital literacy, to lower the risk of being bullied, or bullying, online. They also talk about the impact of COVID-19 on social media habits and sexting.