The Heart of the matter…

The Heart of the matter today, is a matter of the heart… LOVE…. LOVE, unlike the little heart in the middle of this  sweet red pepper, cannot be bought, sold, or traded. Love is not a source of vitamin C,  a commodity, a substance nor even an energy force that can measured or regulated. Love knows…

HAPPY Safer Internet Day!

#shareaheart Fast Forward and SPEN are taking part in todays celebration that sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Together we can help make the internet a place of kindness and respect. Find out more not the SID Website here…

From Selfies to Selfless

Can new forms of Social Media teach us the gentle art of self-compassion? This week saw the publication of worrying data about the impact of social media on the Self. Third Force News Report So where does it go from here? Are the App developers listening to research? Traditionally Social Media has been used to…

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E-cigarettes could lead to tobacco use among youth, research says

For many individuals who are unable or unwilling to leave smoking behind altogether, it is without doubt that e-cigarettes provide a healthier alternative to tobacco. However, at Fast Forward we have previously raised concern that some e-cigarettes are clearly marketed towards young people and may be ‘re-normalising’ smoking, reversing the progress made in bringing smoking…

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Everything Youth Workers Need to Know About Steroids

This information is taken from NHS Lothian’s ‘Local Aids’ fact sheet as well as Talk to Frank about Steroids With the media bombarding young people with largely unattainable beautify ideals, body image is a serious issue, and the pressure on young men to be muscular and chiselled is greater than ever. A recent video by…

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Why do young people drink alcohol? New research reveals all

Research body Ipsos MORI have recently released research around young people in the UK’s behaviour and attitudes towards drinking, on behalf of national alcohol charity Drinkaware. The report surveyed over 750 young people aged 11-17 over a period of about a month. You can read the full report in this PDF. In the meantime, here…