Beyond blue conducted a study revealing there are still high levels of homophobic attitudes especially towards young males. Forty percent of young people felt uncomfortable to be around a homosexual. This type of discrimination is having traumatic consequences on the young victims mental health, increasing risk of suicide.

The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study.

The young people once held as the beaming light for the future of Australia, have now become the parasites and narcissistic generation. Engaging in devious behavior of binge drinking and drug taking, requiring drastic measures of lockout and curfews. However the current media representations of teenagers are written by other of an older generation, therefore not representing the young people of today, but the ideas of the older generation.

According to the media, "Young Australians are lazy, narcissistic and dishonest. They do not do what they are told. They are slackers, sponges and bludgers who are – apparently – unable and unwilling to get or hold down a job.

Twitter saw worldwide takeover with the #kyliejennerchallenge. Young people everywhere tried the DIY version to plump their lips in attempts to imitate Kylie Jenner. Unfortunately the DIY lip enlargement had epic fail proportions, with many youths being left with bruised lips and bleeding gums. Jenner took to twitter to encourage young people everywhere to be themselves.

Kylie Jenner responds to lip enlargement teen craze on Twitter

Kylie Jenner has responded to an internet craze where teens are enlarging their lips to grotesque proportions, by sucking on a shot glass, to try to emulate the reality star.

Social media has become a critically important part of young people’s social interaction, however social media is not monitored by adults. Sparking a new form of bullying, cyber bullying. No longer does the bullying get left behind on the school grounds, the bullying has now followed the victims into their home, which is having devastating consequences. Mother Karen Rae, shares the heart-breaking story of her 14-year-old daughter committing suicide due to cyber bullying.

Social media has become a critically important part of young people’s social interaction, however social media is not monitored by adults. Sparking a new form of bullying, cyber bullying. No longer does the bullying get left behind on the school grounds, the bullying has now followed the victims into their home, which is having devastating consequences. Mother Karen Rae, shares the heart-breaking story of her 14-year-old daughter committing suicide due to cyber bullying.

After 13 strenuous years of school, schoolies has become the epitome for school leavers to exercise and celebrate their transition into the freedom of adulthood. Seen as a rite of passage the weeklong escapade involves the excess over indulgence in alcohol and drugs. Bali has become the fostering place to fulfill the reckless dreams of young people without consequences.

Schoolies in Bali: rite of passage or reckless booze-fest?

The new social media stunt the “Fire challenge”, reveals the dangerous lengths of how the impulsion of young people’s decisions and how they do not counter the risky consequences that come with their choices. The fire challenge, involves young people recording themselves while setting themselves alight on fire, then posting the video on Facebook.

The new social media stunt the “Fire challenge”, reveals the dangerous lengths of how the impulsion of young people’s decisions and how they do not counter the risky consequences that come with their choices. The fire challenge, involves young people recording themselves while setting themselves alight on fire, then posting the video on Facebook.

In attempts to improve the education of Australian children, the Australian government gave every young person access to a computer called the “Digital Education Revolution” and also emphasized the importance of having constant connectivity to the Internet for homework. However they did not anticipate what has become a cyber-bullying epidemic.

How the government turned our teens into cyberbullies

Alcohol fuelled violence is a major concern among Australian youths. With many nights ending in brawls and young people becoming seriously injured or worse, dying from king hits, has caused for great political alarm. Many new policies and laws have been passed in attempts to reduce the amount of alcohol related violence among young people.

The shocking death of teenager Thomas Kelly after a king hit in Sydney's Kings Cross focused attention on alcohol-fuelled violence in nightclub districts and now attention is on South Australia where new laws are being tried to clamp down on the issue.

With the Australian Government cutting funding from welfare aid for youth and adopting the ‘earn or learn’ approach, meaning you either have to be at some form of education or working to be able to access government funding, many social and youth workers fear that many Australian youths will suffer under the new policy.

The Government says young people need to 'earn or learn' to move away from welfare reliance but youth welfare groups fear that, with a loss of funding, thousands of young people could fall through the cracks.


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