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Boys in front of Nissen huts at Nunawading Migrant Hostel, 1958-59

This is a black-and-white photograph showing teenager Michael Clarke and a friend leaning against a tree in front of Nissen huts at the Nunawading Migrant Hostel.

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Australian teen culture: birth of skateboarding

Since its creation in California in the 1950s, skateboarding, or 'skating', has been more than a sport. Beginning as an activity for surfers when they weren't in the water, it quickly came to represent a culture, and an attitude, all its own. In this clip from 1976, watch Australian teenagers skate the streets and an empty ...

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Makeup and manners: roles for 12-year-old girls

How have society's expectations of young women changed in since the 1970s? This report from the ground-breaking current affairs program This Day Tonight provides an indication of the sorts of opportunities available to young women in the 70s.

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Teen titles dominate! The YA publishing industry

The Young Adult, or YA, publishing industry has exploded in recent years. But what is driving this surge in novels for teenagers? Join a panel of YA writers as they explore why this once niche market has become a literary phenomenon.

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The Sven Callaway Show: drugs

Watch a talk show host interviewing people about drug issues: students, health experts and a studio audience. Look at drug usage, health effects and peer pressure. Explore a range of opinions including 'way out' ideas. Notice how people interpret facts differently. Research a topic, then describe your views on the key issues. ...

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The Sven Callaway Show: health

Watch a talk show host interviewing people about health issues: students, health experts and a studio audience. Look at issues such as health education, health services, asthma, mental health and obesity. Explore a range of opinions including 'way out' ideas. Notice how people interpret facts differently. Research a topic, ...

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The Sven Callaway Show: parenting

Watch a talk show host interviewing people about parenting issues: students, health experts and a studio audience. Look at fertility treatment, sex roles, custody, birthing choices and family relationships. Explore a range of opinions including 'way out' ideas. Notice how people interpret facts differently. Research a topic, ...

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The Sven Callaway Show: sex

Watch a talk show host interviewing people about personal relationships: students, health experts and a studio audience. Look at sexually transmitted diseases, sexuality, contraception and peer pressure. Explore a range of opinions including 'way out' ideas. Notice how people interpret facts differently. Research a topic, ...

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Itu masalah

Help three young Indonesian people make a difficult decision. Listen to the advice that three other people have given them. Decide which advice you would take in their situation. Write about the consequences of following that advice. Examine the problems faced by all three people in turn, and find out what happens in each case.

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Aches and pains: acne

Look closely at the structure of sweat glands in human skin. Find out how pimples form through interactions between hormones, sweat glands and bacteria. Learn how the body responds to acne, and how it can be prevented or treated. Test your knowledge by answering multiple-choice questions. This learning object is one in ...

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'Speaking from Experience': young people living with chronic illness

The RealTime Health 'Speaking from Experience' website is a resource for young people with direct experience of a diagnosed chronic illness, and for their friends, family and teachers. The video clips on the site are firsthand accounts by Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people of living with, or caring for someone with, ...

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Teenagers at the beach with a transistor radio, 1965

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two teenagers on the beach listening to their transistor radio in 1965. Wearing swimming costumes, they are lying on towels with bottles of soft drink in their hands. Several people can be seen relaxing on the beach behind them.

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Yolngu Boy, 2000: Three friends reunited

This clip shows three teenage Yolngu boys, Lorrpu (John Sebastian Pilakui), Milika (Nathan Daniels) and Botj (Sean Mununggurr), all of whom live in north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The clip opens with Lorrpu dreaming about the first initiation ceremony the three friends were involved in as young boys. ...

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Yolngu Boy, 2000: Petrol sniffing

This clip shows Botj (Sean Mununggurr), who has broken into the Women's Community Centre, sniffing petrol. As he looks at a painting with traditional Indigenous symbols he begins to hallucinate and then goes on a rampage, smashing up the Centre. He attacks a painting of his totem, Baru the crocodile, venting his anger on ...

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Winners - Just Friends, 1985: 'I'm not the one who got pregnant!'

This clip shows a tense scene at a family dinner table, where the parents of two teenage girls are having to defend their decision not to allow their younger daughter, Susan, to attend a party. Susan reacts to the decision by deflecting the argument to her older sister's pregnancy. The next scene takes place in the girls' ...

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Rites of Passage, 1994: Teen smoking

This clip shows two teenagers together, then cuts to an interview with the young man in which he discusses his reasons for smoking and how it affects his parents. Teenagers are then shown smoking outdoors and blowing smoke into the camera while addressing comments through the camera to their parents. A young woman sitting ...

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Good Girls Do Swallow, 2000: Weighing into the argument

This clip shows teenage girls and women discussing weight, dieting and body image. Presenter Rachael Oakes-Ash recalls her own experiences of being weighed at the beginning of each term in high school in voice-over to a re-creation of the scene. Oakes-Ash is shown talking to a group of teenage girls, most of whom admit ...

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Alvin Purple, 1973: A big boy for his age

This clip shows schoolboy Alvin Purple (Graeme Blundell) speeding down a road on his bicycle. He is being pursued by a group of excited schoolgirls also on bicycles. Alvin rings his bicycle bell and in response, his teacher's wife (Jill Forster), with whom he is having an affair, opens the garage door and he cycles in. ...

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Girl in a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems, 2005: 'Brussels sprouts'

This black-and-white clip shows footage of a skinhead, or sharpie, gang shot by photographer Carol Jerrems in 1975. A voice-over narration from Jerrems's journal has been added in which she reflects on the skinhead subculture and her interaction with it. Mark Lean and Jon Bourke, two of the teenage boys featured in Jerrems's ...

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Horace and Tina - Settling In, 2000: Stretching the sausages

This clip shows Lauren (Jasmine Ellis) being woken up by the puppet 'nelf' called Tina, who wants to help her sort out her life. Lauren resists. As they argue, Lauren is reminded of Horace, another nelf, and races downstairs to find him eating a string of sausages. A tug of war ensues as Lauren attempts to retrieve the ...