Raising Teens


Raising Teens is a radio series on BBC Sussex created by Make (Good) Trouble and produced in collaboration with BBC Sussex.

Broadcast every Thursday at 8pm on BBC Sussex from 4 April 2019.

The show is a warm-hearted and honest round-table discussion about parenting teenagers and teen mental health. It is hosted by presenter Guy Lloyd and includes teens’ own stories from Make (Good) Trouble’s young reporter Lola Ray. Her teen stories are surprising, thought provoking and often delightful. The show aims to bring those involved in raising teens together to dispel myths around teen mental health and offer practical help and tips. 

Raising Teens presenter Guy Lloyd and teen reporter Lola Ray

Episode 3: Sleep – broadcast 8pm Thursday 18 April 2019

Many parents are worried about their teens’ sleeping habits. Technology has wormed its way into the bedroom and is keeping us up at night. Do teens get enough sleep? One study says that only 15% of teens get enough sleep on school nights. 53% of young people say worry and stress keep them awake at night. When should parents worry and how can teens help wean themselves off their devices at night?

👉 Listen to Raising Teens: Sleep on BBC Sounds

Episode 2: School Stress – broadcast 8pm Thursday 11 April 2019

News media report that children are suffering from unprecedented levels of stress when it comes to school – exam pressure, not enough “downtime” (homework, social media) and lack of sleep are cited as causes. This has led to a huge rise in mental health issues in teens.

How does school stress manifest itself? How do teens find ways to cope? What help is out there for parents to better understand and guide their teen through the school years? 

👉 Listen to Raising Teens: School Stress on BBC Sounds

Episode 1: Social Media & Devices – broadcast 8pm Thursday 4 April 2019

This episode looks at what effect social media and technology is having on teens. Has it re-wired their brains to expect fast-paced but bite-sized information instead of longer form content? How is it transforming relationships, home life and future careers? Has it helped to give young people a voice?

👉 Listen to Raising Teens: Social Media & Devices on BBC Sounds

Pilot episode – broadcast 9pm 4 March 2019

Recording Raising Teens pilot episode on BBC Sussex
Recording Raising Teens

Make (Good) Trouble was invited to be part of The Big Takeover with Kathy Caton last Monday for a special feature on BBC Sussex radio. We brought along parents Daisy, Harry and Jane, as well as Rosie Scott from Hove Park school. They discussed flare-ups, how to get a teen to talk, where to get support for yourself as a parent and broaching difficult subjects.

👇 Listen to our pilot episode

Follow Brighton5

Join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates