What’s the Buzz with Teenagers?: A universal and social and emotional literacy resource

1st Edition

Mark Le Messurier, Madhavi Nawana Parker

March 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780367149789 - CAT# K413216

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Pre-teens and teenagers are faced with a continually changing and complex social world which not only involves face-to-face action, but also online and social media interaction. What’s the Buzz with Teenagers? is offers a highly practical programme designed to explicitly teach young people to get along and maintain healthy relationships with their friends, family and the broader community.


Embracing current thinking on ‘self-awareness and behaviour transformation’ in adolescents, it uses highly interactive role-plays, filmmaking, thinking exercises, quizzes, group discussions, and confidence building games to improve social skills and promote inclusion in a fun, effective and appealing way. Easy to implement in upper primary and middle schools, in health care settings and beyond, What’s the Buzz with Teenagers?:

  • Is a deeply structured resource to teach young people in the 12 to 15-year-old developmental range.
  • Offers a connecting approach to bring young people together to learn without the pressure of ‘getting social interaction right’ all the time.
  • Aims to normalise the anxieties, sensitivities and loneliness that many young people experience during adolescence by sharing thoughts and exploring this common ground.
  • Explicitly teaches how to ‘read’ the emotional needs of others, show empathy and build relationships.
  • Uses a developmental model that ensures relevance and inclusion to young people with a broad range of backgrounds, abilities and challenges.

The program provides lessons which educators and health professionals can adapt to suit their individual circumstances and time frames, and creates a framework for a warm, engaging and interactive space in which learning is optimized.

The book is complemented by the website www.whatsthebuzz.net.au which offers online downloadable resources and a further six lessons.

Also available are What’s the Buzz?: A Social Skills Enrichment Programme for Primary Students and What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners.


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