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Book Review: What's Happening to Our Boys?
AT RISK. How the new techologies, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure and porn affect our boys.
Some of the material covered here is shocking, but its important to realise this is the toxic atmosphere many of our children encounter daily… When we understand what they’re up against, we can help bring about much-needed change and support our boys in appealing, meaningful and relevant ways.
Australian author and Generation Next speaker, Maggie Hamilton has written a new book What’s Happening to our boys? Available at the end of May, this insightful book takes an in-depth look into the lives and experiences of teenage boys and the complicated relationships they have with the world around them.
What kind of world are our boys to growing up in? Why are increasing numbers of boys suffering body image and self-esteem problems? Why do they feel worthless without the latest branded toy, game or item of clothing? What makes soft drinks, snacks and fast foods so attractive?
Why are they drawn to countless acts of violence on TV, in movies and in computer games? What impact does our highly sexualised climate, our emphasis on success and money, have on them as they grow? And why are so many boys vulnerable to cyber bullying and to porn?
Childhood and teenage life is changing rapidly, leaving parents exhausted and confused as to how best to tackle the many issues they face. How does this high pressure environment affect a boy’s confidence, his values and aspirations, his wellbeing, his sense of community, his attitudes to girls and women?
In her follow-up book to What’s Happening to Our Girls?, bestselling author Maggie Hamilton asks these and many other vital questions, as well as providing numerous tips for parents and educators on how to create a more promising future for our children.
She draws upon interviews with over 70 experts including doctors, psychologists, police and teachers, as well as the 50 anonymous boys themselves to see into their secret lives and understand the challenges they face.
What’s Happening to Our Boys? is a meticulously researched book that confronts the problems boys and young men face, suggesting positive and constructive ways to help them grow into resilient, productive and happy individuals.
What’s Happening to Our Boys? is published by the Penguin Group (Australia).
Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.