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Hello Charley,

I want to know the best way to get this boy to fancy me back. We’re in the same tutor group and I’ve nev- er been good at talking to fit guys. I’m not one of the popular girls and I don’t wear short skirts and things like that, so he doesn’t look at me. He’s really nice though and I can’t stop thinking about him because he’s amazing. What’s the best way to get him to notice me?

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Dear Charley,

My Dad keeps saying that I can’t go on the computer when I want and that I can’t have the computer in my room. I think it’s not fair because he should trust me and I don’t want my whole family to see what I’m doing on the computer. What should I say to him to let him put the computer in my room?

Dear frustrated computer fan, I wish you had told me how old you are, as this might be a clue as to why your Dad doesn’t want you to have a computer in your room. We do lots of work on cyberbullying in schools and we are always surprised by the huge number of young people who have Internet access in their bedrooms, away from the protec- tion of their parents. While it’s true that the Internet isn’t necessarily the cesspit of filth that the media makes it out to be, there are some ill-intentioned people who can take advantage of young people in a number of ways. People can easily steal your personal information or coax it out of you, or charm you into compro- mising situations. The good thing about having the computer in a family room is that your parents can help you if anything bad does happen. They can also be on hand to help you if you become a victim of cyberbullying, as well as putting you off falling into the trap of becoming a cyberbully. If you feel as though you’re grown up enough to have a computer in your room, perhaps it’s time to have a chat with your Dad and ask him exactly why he’s said no so far. The important thing is not to whinge or complain that “it’s not fair”, because that’ll just make your Dad think that you’re not ready. Maybe you could compromise? If there is a computer in your room, your Dad can set parental locks on the Internet access. You could both agree on a ‘Computer Curfew’, where you don’t use it after cer- tain times in the evening. The more you stick to these rules, the more trustworthy you’ll prove to be, and eventually the boundaries might be relaxed. I hope this helps!

Dear Charley, How do you manage to write to reply to all these letters when you’re clearly a puppet? Do you think we’re all stupid or something?

Dear Cynical Reader, I may be a puppet but I’ve worked very hard on my pen- manship skills in recent years. Not only can I write, type and juggle, but I can also express my feelings towards you in the form of sign language. Can you guess which sign I’m using? Thanks for writing in and keep reading!

Hello,

You’ve probably heard this a million times already, but it doesn’t stop it from being true – Be Yourself. Be- fore you get tempted to wear short skirts and try to be interested in different things or behave in a dif- ferent way to get this boy’s atten- tion, ask yourself if you’d do any of these things just for yourself. If the answer is “no” because you either don’t like these things at the mo- ment or aren’t ready for them yet, then don’t do them for some boy who might not have even noticed you yet. Find out if there’s anything the two of you have in common, that way you’ll have something to break to the ice and you don’t have to make any drastic changes to your personality. Keep in mind that you can’t get or make anyone fancy you, but there’s a better chance if you stick with being yourself. You’d rather be with someone who liked you exactly as you are instead of someone who wanted to change everything about you, wouldn’t you? Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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