What’s the Buzz for Teenagers (2019).


A social skills enrichment program for teenagers that meets the Social Capabilities criteria of Australian Curriculum.

What's the Buzz for Teenagers book cover

A practical program to teach middle school and high school students the art of getting along with yourself and others for ages 12 and up.

By Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker. Published worldwide by Routledge, London.

This program meets the Social Capabilities criteria of the Australian Curriculum.

What’s inside?

Chapter One: The ins and outs of Friendships.

Chapter Two: What is a friend? A good friendship is bigger than being popular.

Chapter Three: Switching on Postivity.

Chapter Four: Wellbeing and Social Media.

Chapter Five: Empathy.

Chapter Six: Resilience and going with the flow.

Chapter Seven: Dealing with Disappointment.

Chapter Eight:  Handling Anxiety.

Chapter Nine: Responding to dominating behaviours.

Chapter Ten: Being Hurt, trolled or abused online.

Chapter Eleven through to Sixteen are available online at www.whatsthebuzz.net.au as Mark and I went way over our word count on this book and have permission for WTB members to access these remaining chapters online. Chapters include: Maintaining relationships, Effective listening, Competition (Winning and losing), Charity and acts of kindness, Perseverance, Self Identity.

Why we wrote it: Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker met over a decade ago and were instantly united by their dedication to building social emotional intelligence in young people. Both saw young people in their practice who were kind hearted, willing and well-intended souls who wanted to make friends, get along, handle their thoughts and feelings well, but were missing the skills to do that with ease. Together, Mark and Madhavi wrote an easy and accessible program to teach explicit skills in a way that reflected the true experience of working with young people. They didn’t want to overcomplicate the process, having both worked in schools and with families for decades and knowing how time poor parents and educators often are. They combined their practical approach to working with young people along with our study, professional work to create a program for primary aged children that simply makes social interactions easier for them.


Who it’s for: Educators, Psychologists, Allied Health Professionals, Parents and anyone wanting to support the social emotional confidence of young people. Can be used one on one, in small targeted groups or as a whole school approach.

Using Role Plays, Modelling, Story Telling, Quizzes, Discussions, Games and much more, the parent tips at the end of each chapter help families further consolidate the skills at home.