We’re changing our social media name on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to reflect our company name. So it’s goodbye @TheBrighton5 and hello @wemakegoodtrouble and @makegoodnews!

For Twitter and Instagram, it’s merely a change to our handle, so if you’re following us there already, there’s no need to do anything. You’ll still hear all our news.

Unfortunately, Facebook won’t let us change our name, so we’ve had to set up a brand new page and cross our fingers that you’ll all move across and join us! So, please follow our ⭐️ shiny new Facebook page! ⭐️ Thank you!

If you’re not following us we’re:

@wemakegoodtrouble on Instagram

@MakeGoodNews on Twitter

@wemakegoodtrouble on Facebook

Mental Health Awareness week was celebrated across the UK – hurray. We witnessed some pretty spectacular things, not least the axing of The Jeremy Kyle show. Our management team all worked in TV prior to setting up Make (Good) Trouble and we wonder if this is the start of a media revolution, to create content with GOOD intention instead of this bear-baiting, revolting chase for ratings. Axe Love Island? We live in hope.

We are working flat out on our radio show Raising Teens. This week we heard teens, parents and experts talk about Relationships: friendship groups, access to porn, whether parents had the all-important ‘sex talk’ with their kids – they were all subjects under discussion. Our teen roving reporter, Lola, delivers candid, surprising and delightful interviews with her peers every week on various topics including resilience, sleep, school stress, body image and social media.. It really has been an amazing series and journey for us. As one listener said: I loved yesterday’s show… it really struck a chord… What you are doing is desperately needed… I think your lifebelt thrown to a sea full of struggling parents and children will have many takers.

If you have any feedback, please drop us a line here. It means a lot.

Raising Teens radio show: on stress, resilience and relationships

We have some amazing new work coming up, including a series of podcasts in partnership with Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group; a film about PTSD in women in the First World War and what that means to teenagers today; a project with Sussex Police (watch this space!); a set of parent talks through schools, given by our teens (we’re kicking off with a talk about device addiction and social media); and of course our Brighton5 films (I’ll write a post about the progress on that next week, promise).

Finally, I’ll be on our very last radio show of the series on Thursday 30 May, which is all about teen language. And on that note, as the young folk might say, tune in, stay woke, *cringe*.

Make (Good) Trouble is bringing parents together this Monday evening to talk about parent-teen communication. Three parents and a school-based art therapist will join BBC Radio Sussex’s Kathy Caton to discuss the triggers, flare ups and tips to help everyone get on better.

Tune in to BBC Sussex radio for our half hour feature from 9pm – a live round table discussion on parenting teens.

If you have a question, story or top tip to share about how you manage your parent-teen communication, leave a comment below!

Listen in on The Big Takeover with Kathy Caton from 9pm, Monday 4 March on BBC Sussex.

BBC Sussex radio

Hands up if you’ve read the Terms & Conditions when you signed up for a social media account (or anything else online for that matter!)?

The Children’s Commissioner tested social media platforms’ terms & conditions out on children and none of the kids they asked understood them. Did you know that:

“Snapchat can publically display or sell any content young person puts on Live or Local Snapchat, meaning they can use a young person’s face and voice in any way, how Instagram can read a user’s Direct Messages and how all companies collect a range of person information including how long you spend on certain pages, where you are and who is in your phone book. They remind children that YouTube is owned by Google, so if you create a YouTube account, your data will be collected by Google and linked to other information Google has about you.” (childrenscommissioner.gov.uk)

Thankfully, the Children’s Commissioner has published handy versions for us so we can better understand what we’re all signing up to. If you’re a parent, you could use these to discuss them with your children.

We don’t think parents should ban kids from using social media. We do think children (and everyone else) should properly understand what they’re signing up to.